Recently, Ladakh got its first ever Geographical Indication Tag to Raktsey Karpo Apricot.

 

Details

  • Ladakh grows more than thirty types of Apricots, but the Raktsey Karpo variety is unique to the region.
  • Apricot is the major fruit of Ladakh with large-scale cultivation in both Leh and Kargil Districts among the nine fruits grown in Ladakh.
  • Apricot is also being promoted under One District One Product for Kargil.

 

What is Geographical Indication Tag?

  • A Geographical Indication is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India.
  • This GI tag is valid for a period of 10 years following which it can be renewed.