#RajyaSabha Question Number 2924


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT

RAJYA SABHA

QUESTION NO 2924

ANSWERED ON 06.08.2014

Non acceptance of basmati rice produced in M.P. by APEDA

Will the Minister of COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY be pleased to satate :-

  • (a) the reasons for non-acceptance of basmati rice produced in Madhya Pradesh by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA); and
  • (b) whether it is a fact that Geographical Index (GI) Registrar has recognized Madhya Pradesh as a basmati producing State?

Answer : THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY(INDEPENDENT CHARGE)(SMT. NIRMALA SITHARAMAN)

(a) The National Agricultural Research System under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation has recognized the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttrakhand, Western U.P. and two districts of J&K i.e. Jammu and Kathua as the traditional GI area for Basmati rice cultivation. APEDA has included the said area in its application submitted to GI Registry, Chennai for registration of Basmati rice as a Geographical Indication (GI).

(b) The GI registry has passed a common order on December 31, 2013 with direction to APEDA to file an amended GI application including all uncovered areas where Basmati rice is cultivated in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and other areas of the country. In view of the legal advice and review of the matter on the farreaching consequences of implementing the order, APEDA has filed an appeal before the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in February, 2014.