Manipur's Tamenglong orange and Hathei, a special chilli variety have acquired the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
Confirming this in a tweet, Chief Minister N Biren Singh wrote, "What a great start to the day for Manipur! I’m really happy to share that 2 (two) products of Manipur viz Hathei Chilly & Tamenglong orange have been granted GI tag.”
“This is a historic milestone in the history of Manipur which will increase the income of the farmers immensely,” he added.
The GI tag indication identifies goods as produced from a particular area that has special quality attributable to its geographical origin.
It may be mentioned, the Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) applied for GI tags for Tamenglong orange and Sirarakhong Hathei chilli in the year 2019.
The Tamenglong orange is a unique fruit crop found mostly in the Tamenglong district that contributes over 50 per cent of the State’s annual production. It is famous especially for its well-blended sweetness and acidic taste.
On the other hand, Hathei chilli, one of the best varieties of chillies with a distinct flavour and colour, grows in Sirarakhong village in the Ukhrul district.
Manipur has been promoting these two produces by celebrating the Orange Festival every December and Sirarakhong Hathei festival every August for over a decade now.