Patna: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has initiated the process to facilitate the association of manufacturers and producers seeking a Geographical Indication (GI) label for Khurma, Tilkut and Balu Shahi – widely savored delicacies indigenous to the state of Bihar. ‘Khurma’ comes from Bhojpur, ‘Tilkut’ comes from Gaya and the delicious ‘Balu Shahi’ comes from Sitamarhi district.Also Read – Panchayat in Saran Outer Bihar five village youths for using abusive language against particular caste
“We are providing assistance to producer/manufacturer associations seeking GI label for Khurma, Tilkut and Balu Shahi,” NABARD-Bihar Managing Director (CGM) Sunil Kumar told PTI. Kumar said similar applications will soon be filed by producers with the GI register for these products. Also Read – Assam’s Judima Wine Becomes First Traditional Drink in the North East to Get GI Label
“We are in the process of facilitating the registration of associations of producers who will be candidates for the registration of GIs for these three products,” he said. Also Read – Rosogolla battle between Odisha and West Bengal is over, Bengal retains GI tag status
Three applications have recently been filed with the Geographical Indications Registry (Chennai), seeking a GI label for the famous ‘Chiniya’ banana variety from Hajipur, the popular ‘Bawan Buti’ saree tradition from Nalanda and the ‘ Pattharkatti Stone Craft” of Gaya by associations of farmers, weavers. and organizations with the support of NABARD.
The CGM further stated, “NABARD-Bihar has identified six potential products from the region, including the three mentioned above, to be registered under GI. Bihar is a state of tastes, where one can find many delicious foodstuffs. NABARD plays an important role in the GI registration process and post-GI initiative including marketing linkages, branding, promotion and has been recognized as one of the premier organizations in the country, with specific GI policy and programs”.
NABARD, under the Ministry of Finance, is responsible for providing and regulating credit and other facilities for the promotion and development of agriculture, small industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural trades and other related economic activities in rural areas with a view to promoting integrated rural development and ensuring prosperity in rural areas.
“Bhojpur’s Khurma is very popular with foreigners. It is juicy with such sweetness that the taste reaches the heart straight from the tongue. The same goes for the famous Tilkut de Gaya. Tilkut, a unique sweet made from sesame seeds and jaggery, is also very popular outside the country. Balu Shahi, a delicacy from Runni Saidpur village in Sitamarhi, is also very popular in the country. These products from Bihar must get the GI label,” the CGM said.
A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain articles or 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.
Recently, the Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) accepted the call to rename Bihar ‘Makhana’ to Mithila Makhana and also suggested other changes to the brand logo to better reflect its origins in addition to identifying and protecting the GI rights of the product. Other products from Bihar that have already obtained the GI label include: Katarni Rice, Jardalu Mango, Shahi Litchi, Magahi Paan and Silao Khaja.