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TNPSC Current Affairs 2017 February, 10

Nilambur Teak likely to get GI Tag.


Nilambur Teak, will soon be added to the select list of Kerala produces with GI (Geographical indication) tag. It is well known for its superior quality and elegant appearance.

The efforts are taken to obtain the GI status for the timber by IPR Cell of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) with the support of Nilambur Teak Heritage Society, KFRI and Department of forests.

Overview:

British’s were the first to identify the superior quality of the teak from Kerala’s Nilambur plantations and forests. It became the major supplier of quality teak in the world. Nilambur Teak is also known as Mecca of Teak. Due to its superior quality, tonnes of timber taken to London and the Nilambur-Shornur Railway line were laid for transporting the logs.

Due to its fame, fake products with false tags also started flooding in furniture and wood market

About Geographical Indication:

Geographical Indication is sign used to identify the goods as originating in the territory of a country or specific geographical location which gives quality reputation or other characteristics which is attributable to its geographical Origin.


Example of GI Tag from Kerala- Vazhkulam pineapple, Pokkali rice, Tirur Betal Vine, Central Travancore Jaggery, Wayanadan rice varities, Jeeraksala and Gandhakasala.

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