Bhubaneswar, June 12 (LocalWire): A geographical indication tag was filed for Gajapati Date Palm Jaggery by Dr. P Karthigeyan, who had earlier filed for the GI tag to be accorded to Kandhamal turmeric.
As date palm trees are abundantly found in the hills of Gajapati, the Gajapati date Palm Jaggery is made by the Soura tribals and has been developed under Odisha Rajya Talgur Samabaya Sangha Ltd (ORTSS), a Government of India Enterprise.
Dr. P. Karthigeyan, who is an IPR expert and has been authorized by the ORTSS for this task, said, “Date palm jaggery is a natural sweetener obtained from the sweet juice of the date palm tree and the jaggery made out of the date juice is called ‘Patali gur’.
It is completely organic as it is produced via traditional methods and has a higher nutritive value than other natural sweeteners.
The unique scientific and technical characteristics of this jaggery such as its pH, amount of sucrose, reducing sugar etc. have been tested and reported by various Central govt. Laboratories.”
“The GI tag will take a year to be accorded as there are many stages of testing and certification involved.
Grant of the GI tag will help the government protect the interests of tribals, enhance their livelihood, increase employment and help them commercialize the product,” Dr. Karthigeyan added.
It may be noted that Dr. P Karthigeyan had earlier filed for the GI tag to be accorded to Kandhamal Turmeric, and this was done within a year, as informed by him.