Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Non-Acceptance of Basmati Rice Produced in M.P. by APEDA

Ministry of Commerce & Industry ,Nirmala SitharamanINVC,
Delhi, The National Agricultural Research System under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation has recognized the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Western U.P. and two districts of J&K i.e. Jammu and Kathua as the traditional GI area for Basmati rice cultivation. APEDA has included the said area in its application submitted to GI Registry, Chennai for registration of Basmati rice as a Geographical Indication (GI). The GI registry has passed a common order on December 31, 2013 with direction to APEDA to file an amended GI application including all uncovered areas where Basmati rice is cultivated in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and other areas of the country. In view of the legal advice and review of the matter on the far-reaching consequences of implementing the order, APEDA has filed an appeal before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in February, 2014. The information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

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