The Odisha government has applied for a GI tag on Kandhamal haladi (turmeric variety).
According to an official relealse, Kandhamal haladi known as the golden yellow spice, named after the district where it is produced, has been cultivated since time immemorial and is known for its medicinal value.
The Central Tool Room & Training Centre (CTTC), under the MSME Ministry, filed the application on Thursday with supporting documents and test reports to justify its claim. It was accepted after due scrutiny by the GI Registrar authorities in Chennai, Sachi Kanta Kar, the head of IPFC-CTTC, said.
A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. A team of experts, scientists and members of Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing (KASAM) have carried out research work for over two years on the origin and properties of the turmeric variety with technical guidance from the CTTC and the district administration. More than 60,000 families (nearly 50% of Kandhamal population) are engaged in growing the variety. The crop is sustainable in adverse climatic conditions.