Odisha has finally come on top over West Bengal in a long-standing food debate - Where does Rasagola belong to?
In sweet news for Odisha, its 'Rasagola', on Monday earned its Geographical Indication (GI) tag. From now on 'Rasagola' will be read as "Odisha Rasagola", as per its GI tag.
Bengalis and Odiya citizens have locked horns debating the GI tag to the sweetmeat:
It may be noted that Bengal's Roshagulla already has earned its GI tag - 'Banglar Rasgulla'.
Earlier in July, Indore's mouth-watering breakfast Poha - the 'Indori Poha' joined the race to receive its GI tag. A major savory in the Malwa region, the Indori Poha along with three other popular food items entered the GI tag race after many major food manufacturers decided to earn the tag for the delicacy.
According to PTI, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Development Institute in Indore is helping this food manufacturers' and sellers' body in seeking the GI tag for these four food items.
Previously in 2018, the famous 'Kadaknath' chicken meat from Jhabua received its GIT tag and the famous 'peda' from Dharwad in Karnataka too has its own GI tag. Darjeeling Tea was the first foodstuff to win its own GI tag.
A geographical indication tag is used for an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicraft and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
It conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin. According to experts, the tag gives protection to the producer of genuine products that command premium pricing in domestic as well as international markets.