Kashmiri saffron gets the GI tag. Is this the boost that the spice badly needed?4 min read 30 Jul 2020, 11:00 AM IST
With production in decline and concerns of adulteration looming large, the prestigious GI tag could restore saffron to its former glory
On July 25, Kashmir saffron joined the likes of Darjeeling tea, the Alleppey green cardamom, black rice from Manipur and the Guntur chilli in getting the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. According to Article 22 (I) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), GI tags are “indications which identify a good as originating in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin." And Kashmir saffron, grown in Pampore at an altitude of 1600 metres, with its long strands and deep colour, clearly fulfilled the criterion. The Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor, G.C. Murmu, has hailed this as a “momentous decision", one which is likely to put the spice on the world map.