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Chhattisgarh’s Nagri Dubraj rice variety gets GI tag

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Chhattisgarh’s Nagri Dubraj, an aromatic rice variety, has been granted a geographical indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indication Registry. This will provide the brand with a unique identity and open up a wide market for it. Efforts have been made by authorities in Chhattisgarh for a long time to obtain the GI tag for Nagri Dubraj. The Indira Gandhi Agricultural University played a vital role in obtaining the rights, as it maintained regular communication with the relevant authorities. Additionally, the rice is produced by a self-help group of women.

The “Maa Durga Swasahayata Samuh,” a self-help group of women from Nagri in Dhamtari district, has been growing and harvesting Dubraj rice and applied for the GI tag. Last year, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel, pledged to take action to ensure that the fragrance of Dubraj rice returns to the farmers’ fields. Dubraj rice, also known as the “Basmati of Chhattisgarh,” is highly aromatic.

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According to Dr. Girish Chandel, the Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Dubraj rice is the second brand to receive a GI tag after Jeeraphool rice, which was awarded the GI tag in 2019. GI tags are given to entrepreneurs or groups of businessmen from specific areas, states, or countries. The issuance of GI tags is governed by the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act of 1999.

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