Kishtwar Saffron Achieves Prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

Kishtwar Saffron Achieves Prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) Tag

Kishtwar, November 22 (HS): Kishtwar saffron, cultivated and harvested in the elevated terrains of Kishtwar and parts of Kashmir, has been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry.

Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, Dr. Devansh Yadav, shared the momentous news on the social media platform X, accompanied by a picture of the certificate.

The announcement reads, “Kishtwar Saffron brand gets GI tagged for the first time. Tagged along with Kashmiri saffron—multiple FPO brands coming up now!! Icing on the cake—certified as grade 1.”

Kishtwar saffron, also known as Kumkum, is renowned as one of the most exquisite and expensive varieties of saffron globally. This unique spice is a significant cash crop in the remote mountainous district of Kishtwar in Jammu.

The GI tag is a testament to Kishtwar saffron’s exceptional quality and distinctiveness. It signifies the saffron’s geographical origin, tying it to the specific region where it is cultivated. The GI tag not only recognizes and safeguards the authenticity of the product but also promotes its market value.

What is a Geographical Indication (GI) Tag?
A Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities, reputation, or characteristics that are essentially attributable to that place of origin. It serves to protect the uniqueness and reputation of products associated with a particular region, thereby preventing others from using the same name for similar products that do not originate from that region.

About Kishtwar Saffron:
Kishtwar saffron is celebrated for its exceptional quality and is distinct from other saffron varieties due to its geographical origin. The saffron cultivation in Kishtwar is deeply rooted in the region’s culture and heritage, symbolizing purity and freshness. The saffron production area in Kishtwar, locally known as Mandal, is renowned for yielding this premium saffron variety.

This prestigious GI tag not only brings recognition to Kishtwar saffron but also highlights the unique attributes that set it apart in the saffron market.

Report by Krishan, Hindusthan Samachar

Credit: Hindusthan Samachar

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