Guwahati : Good news for people of Assam as The 124th Geographical Indications Journal has accepted the application for Assamese Gamosa & Chokuwa rice for GI tag.
A Geographical Indication (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.
The application for the Gamosa was made by Institute of Handicraft Development in Golaghat and the application for Chokuwa rice was made by Seuj Satirth of Sivasagar.
“Gamosa represents Assamese Community. It is the symbol of feeling & belongingness, welcoming people, respecting elders, love and care to loved ones.” said the Journal.
“The Chokuwa rice of Assam is a unique gift of nature, not known in any other part of the world. It is a special class of semi- glutinous winter rice of Assam. Chokuwa rice is grown in Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivsagar, Jorhat and Golaghat, districts of Assam from time immemorial to cater the household needs of the farmers. Chokuwa rice of Assam has significance in social and religious ceremonies and forms a popular daily breakfast diet in rural Assam,” the GI Journal stated.
Previously, the Boka Chaul (mud rice) had received the GI tag by the Government of India’s Intellectual Property India (IPI) body. The other product which have recieved GI tag are Muga Silk, Joha Rice and Tezpur Litchi.