While 17 products from AP have already received GI tag, many more items originating from the state have the potential to make it to the GI Registry. According to the last annual report released by the office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks, 17 products from AP have been registered in the GI Registry (March 2019). Anakapalli Jaggery, Ponduru Khadi, Kakinada Kaja, Pootharekulu have the high potential to get the GI tag.
Among already GI tags, Banaganapalli mangoes, Guntur chilli, Araku Valley Arabica Coffee (shared), Tirupati Laddu, Bandar Laddu, Kondapalli Toys, Budithi bell and Brass craft, Bobbili Veena, Tholu bommalata, Srikalahasti Kalamkari, Pedana Kalamkari, Uppada Jamdani Sari, Venkatagiri Sari, Mangalagiri Sarees, Dharmavaram Handloom pattu are registered in the GI Registry of India.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, head of NRDC Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre and WIPO-Technology Innovation Centre, Dr. Bijay Kumar Sahu said “We have been organising awareness programmes throughout India to promote the registration of Indian GIs. The sectors being focused on are tea, coffee, spices, agriculture and horticulture products, handloom products, handicrafts, textiles, processed food items, dairy products, natural goods, spirits and wines.”
“We must obtain Geographical Indication Protection of our goods and products. There is a great benefit of the registration of GI, it not only recognises products of the origin but also enhances economic growth, prevents unauthorised use of GI products or tag, expands business and increases tourism,” he said.
Araku Valley and its coffee are some of the best examples of GI of Andhra Pradesh. After all, the protection of geographical indications creates a positive image and reputation of the product in the minds of the consumers and rewards the producers with incentives and better return on investment,” said Sahu, who also heads the WIPO-Technology Innovation Centre based out at Incubation Towers at Visakhapatnam.
“Anakapalli jaggery has the potential to get the GI tag. Local MLA had also approached us and the documents related to the jaggery are also available. We have been doing extensive awareness and reaching out to all stakeholders both in academia and probable GI communities,” he added.