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Manipur expects GI tag for its unique orange in Tamenglong

The Manipur government expects that the Tamenglong orange (Citrus reticulata), a species of mandarin group and a unique fruit crop found in the state, will get its GI certificate after 120 days, reports The Hindustan Times.

The Manipuri black rice, famously known as ‘Chakhao’, has already bagged the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

“We are expecting to get a GI Certificate for Tamenglong orange as it has already been notified,” K Devdutta Sharma, Project director of Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times.

Devdutta added, “Sirarakhong Hathei, a long chilly variety having a unique taste and colour which grows in Sirarakhong village under Ukhrul district has already been approved and it will also be notified soon.”

Last year, MOMA applied for GI tags for Tamenglong orange, Sirarakhong Hathei, Shirui Lily of Ukhrul district and Black Cherry of Senapati district. But Shirui Lily was rejected following changes in GI guidelines, he said.

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