Jammu, Feb 3: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Agriculture Production Department (APD), Atal Dulloo, today chaired a meeting of experts to review progress on application of Geographical Indication (GI) tagging of agriculture products of J&K.
The meeting was attended by Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Kashmir, Special Secretary APD, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir, Director Animal Husbandry Jammu/Kashmir, Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu, Director Horticulture Jammu/Kashmir, Director Agriculture Jammu, Technical Officers (APD), heads of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and other concerned in person and through online mode.
Heads of TWGs delivered presentations highlighting progress on application of GI certification of each among 23 tentatively identified crops.
The meeting held a threadbare discussion over various aspects before filing GI applications of identified crops or products from Jammu and Kashmir.
The heads of TWGs presented the work done, so far, in each of the crops and shared proof of origin supported with historical data, the uniqueness of the crop and other characteristics of these products.
ACS exhorted the TWGs to focus more on historical data and evidence in literature form so as to make each case waterproof to obtain GI certification of these crops. He called upon them to consult experts and relevant departments having knowledge and evidence and proof with the historical background of these crops.
On the occasion, Dr Rajni Kant, GI expert from Varanasi, also shared his feedback and highlighted the need for the inheritance of the particular product and uniqueness of the crop product for minimal chance of rejection during registration of GI registration certification.