- The famous Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) status by the Indian patent office.
About Banaganapalle mangoes:
- Banaganapalle mangoes, also known as Beneshan, Baneshan, Benishan, Chappatai, Safeda, Banaganapalli, Banginapalli, are popular and extensively used as table fruit across the country. The agro climatic and geographical conditions prevailing in Banaganapalle and adjoining areas given the unique characteristics, the application said.
- Though primarily raised Kurnool district comprising Banaganapalle, Paanyam and Nandyal mandal in Andhra Pradesh, the fruit is also raised in parts of Rayalaseema region, coastal Andhra region and Telangana.
- An estimated 24.35 lakh metric tonnes of mangoes were grown every year in Andhra Pradesh and out of this 5,500 tonnes were exported to countries including the US, the UK, Japan and the Gulf nations. As on 2011, the annual turnover of Banaganapalle mangoes touched Rs 1,461 crore and exported mangoes worth Rs 20.68 crore.
About Geographical indicators:
- GI(Geographical Indications) are signs used on goods that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that place of origin.
- Agricultural products typically have qualities that derive from their place of production and are influenced by specific local factors, such as climate and soil. They may also highlight specific qualities of a product, which are due to human factors that can be found in the place of origin of the products, such as specific manufacturing skills and traditions.
- A geographical indication points to a specific place or region of production that determines the characteristic qualities of the product that originates therein. It is important that the product derives its qualities and reputation from that place.
- Place of origin may be a village or town, a region or a country. It is an exclusive right given to a particular community hence the benefits of its registration are shared by the all members of the community.
- Keeping in view the large diversity of traditional products spread all over the country, the registration under GI will be very important in future growth of the tribes / communities / skilled artisans associated in developing such products.