Saffron grown in Kashmir has obtained the geographical indication (GI) tag, with Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu saying that it’s a main historic step in bringing the valley’s model on the worldwide map.
The Union authorities issued a certificates of GI registration for the saffron grown within the Kashmir Valley, an official spokesperson mentioned.
Quickly after taking on as lieutenant governor, Girish Chander Murmu took a private curiosity in guaranteeing that Kashmir saffron will get GI certification, he mentioned.
Pampore, the hub of saffron in Kashmir, is predicted to have a bumper crop of the spice this season attributable to initiatives taken by the Nationwide Mission on Saffron (NMS).
Below the NMS, a venture of Rs 411 crore was permitted by the Union authorities below which an space of three,715 hectare for saffron was proposed to be rejuvenated.
“The GI certification will cease the prevalent adulteration of Kashmir saffron, thereby, authenticated saffron will fetch a lot better costs,” an official mentioned.
He mentioned that Kashmir saffron is the one one on this planet grown at an altitude of 1600 metres which differentiates it from different varieties attributable to its distinctive traits like longer and thicker stigma, pure deep-red color, excessive aroma, bitter taste and chemical-free processing.
The official mentioned that an space of two,500 hectares has been rejuvenated thus far and a bumper manufacturing is predicted through the present season.
Expressing happiness over the event, the Jammu and Kashmir LG mentioned that that is the primary main step to place saffron produced within the Kashmir Valley on the world map.
With the GI tag, Kashmir saffron will purchase extra prominence in export market and can assist farmers get one of the best worth for it, he mentioned.
Mr Murmu mentioned that with the completion and inauguration of the State of Artwork Spice Park subsequent month, these measures will show to be a sport changer for Kashmir saffron.
Navin Okay Choudhary, Principal Secretary to Authorities, Agricultural Manufacturing Division mentioned GI certification establishes particular geographical origin and certifies sure distinctive qualities of the product.
He mentioned that on the instructions of the LG, sprinkler irrigation programs are being put in on a struggle footing in saffron fields and are prone to be accomplished within the subsequent two weeks.
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