Nagaland’s ‘Sweet Cucumber’ Obtains Geographical Indication Label

KOHIMA:

Nagaland ‘sweet cucumber’ has been given a Geographical Identification (GI) label as an agricultural product under the provisions of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999.

The naga cucumber is known for its sweetness and unique green color. It is rich in potassium and low in calories. The cucumber isn’t the first product from the small state to receive a much-vaunted GI label. The regional variants of the tree tomato (tamarillo) and the famous royal Naga pepper are also labeled IG.

Cucumber is one of the most important crops in the Northeast region. Nagaland has the fifth highest crop of this fruit in terms of area and ranks third in terms of production.

The GI label is an important sign used on products with a specific geographic origin and reputation and denotes the authenticity not only of the product, but also of the method in which it was produced. This means that the identity of the labeled product is limited to strict guidelines. In the case of King Naga Pepper or Sweet Naga Cucumber, no other cultivar can produce these products if they are not grown in Nagaland under stipulated quality conditions.

The GI label aims to protect the truly unique traditions of communities from appropriation by large industries, and thus enable these regions to prosper economically by manufacturing, producing and marketing their traditional knowledge.

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