Arecanut gets its first GI tag for ‘Sirsi Supari’

• Arecanut (also known as supari or betel nut) is the latest entrant in the list of agricultural produce with a geographical indication (GI) tag.

Key highlights

• ‘Sirsi Supari’ grown in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka has received the Geographic Indication (GI) tag.

• The arecanut has unique features like a round and flattened coin shape, particular texture, taste and has a hard seed. These features are not seen in arecanut grown in any other regions.

• It is cultivated in Yellapura, Siddapura and Sirsi taluks in Karnataka.

• Totgars’ Cooperative Sale Society Ltd., Sirsi, is the registered proprietor of the GI.

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Mains Paper 1: Geography

Prelims level: ‘Sirsi Supari’

Mains level: Details of the product

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