In a significant recognition of local craftsmanship and agricultural heritage, the Geographical Indication (GI) Tags have been bestowed upon Rajouri Chikri Wood Craft from Rajouri district and the prized Mushqbudji Rice variety from Anantnag district. These labels signify the unique nature and exceptional qualities of these products, tracing their origins to specific regions. This achievement is a result of a collaborative effort involving NABARD, the Department of Handicrafts & Handloom, and the Department of Agriculture, commencing in December 2020.
Mushqbudji Rice: A Fragrant Culinary Delight:
Hailing from the elevated landscapes of Kashmir, particularly Anantnag district, Mushqbudji Rice takes center stage as a premium aromatic short bold rice variety. When cooked, this rice dazzles with a captivating fusion of flavor, aroma, and sensory properties that are truly distinct. With efforts underway to expand its cultivation in Budgam and Kulgam districts, the Agriculture Department Kashmir is diligently working to revive and spread the tradition of Mushqbudji rice.
Chikri Wood Craft: Carved Elegance from Rajouri:
Nestled within the hill ranges of Jammu province’s Rajouri district, the exquisite Chikri Wood Craft stands as a testament to intricate artistry. Admired for its pale, honey-colored softwood, Chikri is brought to life through meticulous carving and fine detailing. The GI tag endorses the unique essence of this craft, reflecting the region’s rich heritage and masterful skills.
Embracing Geographical Indication (GI): A Proud Accomplishment
Obtaining the GI tag for these esteemed products marks the culmination of a rigorous legal process. A Geographical Indication is a form of Intellectual Property right that designates products originating from a specific geographical location, characterized by distinct qualities and attributes deeply connected to that region.
A Glimpse into the Future: Expanding Traditions
The journey doesn’t end here. The Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Production Department has set its sights on securing GI Tags for an impressive array of 24 crops and products, a testament to the region’s dedication in preserving its unique heritage and cultural treasures.
Conclusion: Celebrating Identity and Excellence
The recognition granted to Rajouri Chikri Wood Craft and Mushqbudji Rice through the prestigious GI Tags shines a spotlight on the exceptional contributions of these regions to the world. It reinforces the value of local traditions, craftsmanship, and agriculture, all intricately woven into the cultural fabric of the land. As these remarkable products earn their rightful place on the global stage, they continue to tell stories of heritage, skill, and distinctiveness.