GI Tag for Mithila Makhana: The Central government recently awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Mithila Makhana to boost farmers’ income.
- With this move, growers will get the maximum price for their premium produce.
- Over five lakh farmers of Mithila region of Bihar will be benefitted from this decision.
Significance of GI Tag:
- Once a product gets the GI tag, any company or a person cannot sell a similar item under that name.
- This tag is valid for a period of 10 years following which it can be renewed.
- The other benefits of GI registration include legal protection to that item, prevention against unauthorized use by others, and promoting exports.
About Mithila Makhana:
- Mithila Makhana or Makhan (botanical name: Euryale ferox Salisb.) is a special variety of aquatic fox nut cultivated in Mithila region of Bihar and Nepal.
- Makhana is the one of the three prestigious cultural identity of Mithila.
- In Mithila, Makhana is also termed as Makhan.
- It is also very famous in Kojagara festival of Maithil Brahmins celebrated for newly married couples.
- Pan, Makhan and Machh (fish) are the three prestigious cultural identity of Mithila.
Significance of Makhana:
- Makhana contains protein and fiber, along with micronutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.