Shahi Litchi from Bihar exported to UK
Recently, Shahi Litchi a GI tag agricultural product from the state of Bihar has been exported to the United Kingdom via air route. This litchi’s have been produced in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The export of the Shahi Litchi has been facilitated by The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in collaboration with Department of Agriculture under the state government of Bihar.
Litchi Production in India
India is the second largest litchi producer in the world after China. Among the states in India, Bihar takes the first rank in the production of litchis. In Bihar, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Vaishali, Begusarai, Champaran districts and adjoining areas have favourable climate to facilitate the growth of Shahi Litchi.
Geographical Indication (GI) Tag is given to variety of products that is related to a specific geographical location such as a states, region, town etc. GI tags are generally given to products so that they have legal protection and they cannot be used or produced unauthorized. GI tags comes under intellectual property rights under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. In India, GI Tags are administered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999. The first GI product of India is Darjeeling Tea given in the year 2004-2005.
Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) was set up by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to help in exporting of vegetables and fruits. APEDA also acts as an interface between farmers and various export services. Dr. M Angamuthu is the current chairman of APEDA.