Center accepts plea and awards GI tag to Mithila Makhana | Latest India News


A geographical indication (GI) is a name or a sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin.

The Geographical Indications Register (GIR) under the Central Ministry of Commerce accepted the call to rename Bihar Makhana to Mithila Makhana and also suggested other changes to the brand’s logo to better reflect its origins, in addition to identify and protect the geographical indications (GI) of the product. rights. The development ended the controversy over the branding of one of the most famous products of the mithila region in makhana or fox nut.

After evaluating the name change request, an expert advisory group and GIR lead examiner, Prashanth Kumar S Bhairappanavar, decided that certain post-registration conditions will need to be met.

A geographical indication (GI) is a name or a sign used on certain products that corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin. These products with a GI label are protected under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999.

The war against Makhana’s IG marking began after the Sabour-based Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) filed an application on behalf of the Purnia-based Fox Nut Producers Association – also known as Mithilanchal Makhana Utpadak Sangh (MMUS) – advocating for the name of their products as Bihar Makhana for the welfare of the state’s fox nut producers.

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This led to protests in the Mithila region of the state. The region is known for a specific type of aquatic cultured fox nut, which is identified with its cultivation, said Baidyanath Choudhary, general secretary of Vidyapati Sewa Sansthan (VSS).

Following the protests, BAU amended the request on September 11, 2020 and requested the name change of the disputed IG article from Bihar Makhana to Mithila Makhana, citing the social, cultural and historical background of the culture.

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