GI tags help India carve new markets for its unique regional products

The Indian government's Tribes India stall at the GI Fair 2022 showcasing several GI products. ST PHOTO: DEBARSHI DASGUPTA
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NEW DELHI - It was back in 2004 that tea grown in Darjeeling's misty hills acquired India's first geographical indication (GI) tag.

Since then, many other Indian products have acquired this coveted status - the last being Mithila Makhana, a special variety of aquatic fox nut cultivated in the Mithila region of Bihar, in August this year.

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