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Kerala State Government has given sanction to launch Thalanad Clove for GI tag

Aiswarya R Nair
Aiswarya R Nair

The State government has given administrative sanction for ‘Characterisation and Registration of Thalanadu Clove as a Geographical Indication,’ a proposal submitted by Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) under a scheme for the development of spices.

The Hindu has reported that the Kerala Agriculture Department has launched efforts to help farmers secure a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the famed cloves of Thalanad in Kottayam district.

According to Agriculture Minister V.S Sunil Kumar, farmers say the clove has distinct characteristics such as high oil content and when dried a dark golden colour. GI registration will guarantee exclusivity and better value for the aromatic spice.

KAU Vice Chancellor R. Chandrababu says the university will undertake a biochemical analysis of the clove to determine its unique characteristics.

Aspects such as the history of clove farming in Thalanad grama panchayat and cultivation techniques, including the harvesting and drying techniques, also will be documented for filing an application.

Spice lore goes that cloves were introduced in hilly Thalanad by a family many years ago. The IPR Cell of the KAU has facilitated GI registration for 10 agricultural products from Kerala including Pokkali rice, Nilambur teak, Marayur jaggery, Jeerakasala and Gandhakasala rice varieties from Wayanad, Kaipad rice, Vazhakulam pineapple, and Central Travancore jaggery.

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