Geographical Indication(GI) tag to Manipur black rice
Why in News?
Geographical Indication(GI) given to Manipur black rice due to its varied circulation for centuries
Importance of Black Rice
- Black Rice is in circulation for centuries
- This is a very important sources of income for Chak-Hao
What is Chak-Hao?
- Chak-Hao, a scented glutinous rice which is in cultivation in Manipur over centuries
- It is characterised by its special aroma
- It is normally eaten during community feasts and is served as Chak-Hao kheer
- Chak-Hao is used by traditional medical practitioners as part of traditional medicine
- According to the GI application filed, this rice takes the longest cooking time of 40-45 minutes due to the presence of a fibrous bran layer and higher crude fibre content
- Direct sowing of pre-soaked seeds and also transplantation of rice seedlings raised in nurseries in puddled fields are widely practised in the State’s wetlands
Chinnaraja G. Naidu, deputy registrar, Geographical Indications, confirmed that the GI tag given to Black Rice of Manipur
Procedure of getting GI tag?
- The application for Chak-Hao filed by the Consortium of Producers of Chak-Hao (Black Rice), Manipur
- It is facilitated by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur and the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC)