The First shipment of Geographical Indication certified Bhalia variety of wheat was exported to Kenya and Sri Lanka from Gujarat, giving a boost to wheat exports.
Bhalia Variety of Wheat
- The Geographical Indication certified wheat has high protein content and has sweet taste.
- It is grown mostly across Bhal region of Gujarat. It is also grown in Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Bhavnagar, Bhavnagar and Bharuch districts.
- This unique characteristic of wheat variety is grown in rainfed condition without irrigation and cultivated across two lakh hectares of agricultural land in Gujarat.
- Bhalia variety of wheat received GI certification in July, 2011.
- Registered proprietor of GI certification is Anand Agricultural University in Gujarat.
Exports of Wheat
In the FY 2020-21, wheat exports from India witnessed a significant growth of 808 %. Export of wheat increased from 444 crore rupees to 4034 crore rupees in fiscal year 2020-2021. Wheat exports increased by 778% to $ 549 million in 2020-21 in USD terms. India exported wheat to seven new countries like Yemen, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Iran, Cambodia and Myanmar during 2020-21.
Benefits of GI Tag
The Geographical Indication tag provides legal protection to Indian Geographical Indications and prevents unauthorized use of registered GIs. It promotes economic prosperity of producers and help to get recognition of products in other countries.
Exports of GI tagged Bhalia wheat from Gujarat begins Exports of GI tagged Bhalia wheat from Gujarat begins