Goa Seeks GI Tags for Cashew Fruit, Nut, and Local Brew 'Urrak'

Goa government seeks Geographical Indication tags for cashew fruit, cashew nut, and local brew 'Urrak' to protect quality and promote state's brand. GI tags expected to be obtained within six months, boosting Goa's economy and cultural heritage.

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Goa Seeks GI Tags for Cashew Fruit, Nut, and Local Brew 'Urrak'

Goa Seeks GI Tags for Cashew Fruit, Nut, and Local Brew 'Urrak'

The Goa government is in the process of obtaining Geographical Indication (GI) tags for cashew fruit, cashew nut, and 'Urrak', a local brew, in a bid to protect the quality of Goan cashew and promote the state's brand. Deviya Vishwajit Rane, MLA Poriem and Chairperson of Goa Forest Development Corporation (GFDC), announced that the GFDC has sent keen proposals to secure these GI tags.

Why this matters: This move can have a significant impact on the local economy by promoting and protecting Goa's unique cashew products and traditional beverages on a global scale. It can also set a precedent for other states to follow suit, leading to a greater emphasis on preserving cultural heritage and promoting local products.

Rane stated, "We are trying to protect the quality of Goan cashew. Along with Urrak, we have sought permission for a GI tag for cashew fruit and cashew nut. It is important to have a GI tag for cashew to promote our Goan brand. In the next six months we should get it." The GI tag is expected to be obtained within the next six months.

'Urrak' is a seasonal drink containing alcohol, obtained from the single distillation process, while 'feni' is obtained through double distillation. Feni, a drink commonly consumed by local residents, was notified as the state heritage drink by the Goa government in 2016. Cashew feni is the country's first indigenous liquor to obtain the GI tag, a process initiated by local manufacturers in 2009.

In 2022, the Goa government wrote to the embassies of some foreign countries to popularize and import 'Feni' in their countries. The move to obtain GI tags for cashew fruit, cashew nut, and 'Urrak' is a significant step towards promoting and protecting Goa's unique cashew products and local brews on a global scale.

The Goa government's efforts to secure GI tags for cashew fruit, cashew nut, and 'Urrak' demonstrate its commitment to preserving the state's cultural heritage and boosting its economy by promoting local products. With the GI tags expected to be obtained within the next six months, Goa is poised to strengthen its position as a leading producer of high-quality cashew products and traditional beverages.