On May 24, 2021, Through Air Route India has exported first consignment of GI-certified Shahi Litchi from Bihar to The United Kingdom.
The Geographical indication tag is given to an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product such as handicraft and industrial goods which are originating from definite geographical territory. The tag provides an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially linked to place of its origin. It also helps growers to get premium price of product as no other producer can misuse name to sale similar goods.
Darjeeling tea, Kangra paintings, Tirupati laddu, Nagpur orange and Kashmir pashmina are some of the examples of registered GIs in India.
The agricultural product from Bihar which got the GI Tag in the year 2018. It was the 4th agricultural product to get GI certification from Bihar in the year 2018. Other 3 products from Bihar with GI Tag are Magahi Paan, Jardalu mango and Katarni rice. GI registration for Shahi Litchi registered with Muzaffarpur-based Litchi Growers Association of Bihar.
India’s Litchi Production
Bihar state tops in production of litchi because it has a favourable climate. Litchi is produced in districts of Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Champaran, Samastipur, Begusarai and other adjoining areas. India is 2nd largest producer of litchi in the world while China is first.
Shahi Litchi from Bihar exported to UK Shahi Litchi from Bihar exported to UK