Soon after the Dahanu-Gholvad chikoo fruit from Palghar district of Maharashtra acquiring Geographical Sign (GI) tags, attempts are becoming built to get a GI tag for Wada Kolam rice, which is a special aromatic variety cultivated in the Wada taluka of the district.
On June 29, a final software was built with GI Registry for obtaining the tag. The GI Registry is a element of the Office environment of the Controller Normal of Patents, Types and Trade Marks.
Wada Kolam rice variety is cultivated only in coastal Palghar district, which was carved out of the gigantic Thane district in 2014. Palghar has a special agro-local weather because of to proximity to the Arabian sea as also to the woody Sahyadri mountain vary. The fertile land also produces chikoo or sapota fruit, which obtained a GI tag in January 2017.
The effort and hard work to get the GI tag has been spearheaded by popular Intellectual House attorney Ganesh Hingmire and local farmer households from Wada taluka. Hingmire explained to BusinessLine that Wada Kolam rice is very considerably sought right after in the sector because of to its flavour, hence many rice mill house owners mis-promote their rice types as Wada Kolam. The GI tag to the rice variety will give greater costs to the Wada farmers. It will convey traceability and accountability to the Wada Kolam rice trade.
Farmer Vaibhav Patil from Wada, secretary of the local farmer cooperative culture that has carried out the knowledge gathering and track record in the direction of acquiring the GI tag, explained that in all of Wada taluka only about 250 farmers cultivate the variety above about two,five hundred hectares of land. Since the land is fertile, only cow dung is used as manure, no other chemical is used.
On the other hand, the variety has a decreased produce, as out of one hundred quintals of paddy only 45 quintals of polished rice gets produced, although other types produce about fifty five quintals. Therefore some farmers are much less inclined to plant this variety. Right now, Wada farmers get ₹40 per kg. But if GI tag is obtained the level could improve to ₹80-90 and the spot below Wada Kolam could effortlessly rise to five,000 hectares, he explained.