West Bengal’s Gobindobhog rice recently received the Geographical Indication (GI) status from the Geographical Indications Registry (GIR).
The state government had applied for the GI status for Gobindobhog rice on 24 August 2015.
The Gobindobhog rice is a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal. The region of Burdwan (now divided into the districts of east and west Burdwan) is known as the rice bowl of Bengal.
As a result of getting the GI tag, rice from other regions or rice of other varieties cannot be branded as ‘Gobindobhog’. Therefore, the marketability of the rice would be strengthened, for the local, national and international markets.
About Gobindobhog rice
• The Gobindobhog rice is mainly cultivated in east Burdwan district, located in the southern basin of the Damodar river in the Raina 1, Raina 2 and Khandaghosh blocks.
• As of 2016, the rice was cultivated in an area of 35 hectares. Of this, 20 hectares were spread over Raina 1 and Raina 2 blocks.
• The south Damodar belt has been the traditional area of Gobindobhog rice cultivation.
• The Gobindobhog rice is cultivated late and therefore not much affected by rains.
• The rice is less prone to pests as well.
• The productivity per area of the Gobindobhog rice is high and farmers get better prices for it.
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