In news– Alibag’s white onion got GI tag recently.
Alibag’s white onion-
- The GI tagged onion from Alibag in the Raigad district of Maharashtra is characterized by its sweetness.
- The GI tag gives a unique identity to the white onion, which has medicinal qualities and is being cultivated in a traditional way for a long time.
- Farmers in Alibag say white onions are grown here for ages with only traditional and genuine seeds.
- Geo-climatic conditions of Alibag make it unique compared to other white onion-producing areas and that is why Alibag white onion has developed a unique taste, flavour, and shape as well.
- Farmers will directly get benefits as the white onion will get the premium price because of the GI tag.
Importance of white onions-
- White onion or Allium cepa (“sweet onion”) are a cultivar of dry onion which have a distinct light and mild flavour profile.
- Much like red onions, they have a high sugar and low sulphur content, and thus have a relatively short shelf life.
- White onions are an excellent source of antioxidants that contain more than 25 different types of flavonoids which avert oxidizing of healthy cells and lowers the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
What is GI Tag?
- A geographical indication or 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.
- GI part of the intellectual property rights that comes under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
- In India, Geographical Indications registration is administered by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999.
- The registration of a geographical indication shall be for a period of ten years, but may be renewed from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
- The first product to get a GI tag in India was the Darjeeling tea in 2004.
- Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts, and industrial products.