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Discuss the possible role that Geographical indication (GI) tags play  in Rural Development of the country.

Topic:   Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

4. Discuss the possible role that Geographical indication (GI) tags play  in Rural Development of the country.(250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu 

Why this question:

Bangalore blue grape is a variety of fox grape grown in districts around Bengaluru, Bengaluru rural, Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts. It has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2013. Almost all the growers of Bangalore Blue grapes are now in dire straits as their crops have started drying up with no buyers due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the role of Geographical indication (GI) tags play in Rural Development of the country.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly define what GI is.

Body:

A GI or Geographical Indication is a name or a sign given to certain products that relate to a specific geographical location or origins like a region, town or country. Using Geographical Indications may be regarded as a certification that the particular product is produced as per traditional methods, has certain specific qualities, or has a particular reputation because of its geographical origin. List down the positives of the GI. Discuss the role of GI in Rural Development – Geographical indications are mostly traditional products, produced by rural communities over generations that have gained prominence on the markets for their precise qualities. Some benefit are – The supply chain is structured around a common product reputation Increased and stabilized prices for the GI product Distributed through all the levels of the supply chain adds value Natural resources can be preserved on which the product is based Preservation of traditions and traditional expertise.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.