In a significant development, the famous Hathei Chilly and Tamenglong orange of Manipur have been granted GI Tag. CM Biren Singh expressed happiness over the development, terming it a “historic day”.
“What a great start to the day for Manipur! I’m really happy to share that 2 (two) products of Manipur viz Hathei Chilly & Tamenglong orange have been granted GI Tag. This is a historic milestone in the history of Manipur which will increase the income of the farmers immensely,” Manipur CM Biren Singh tweeted.
According to sources the Hathei Chilli is known as the God’s gift and the pride of Ukhrul. It mainly cultivates in Mahadev hills surrounding the remote Tangkhul Naga inhabited Sirarakhong village in Ukhrul district.
The GI status is an indication that identifies goods as produced from a particular area which has special quality attributable to its geographical origin.
Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) applied for GI tags for Tamenglong orange and Sirarakhong Hathei chilli in 2019. MOMA’s project director K Debdutta Sharma said the GI certificates will be issued shortly.
Tamenglong orange is a unique fruit crop found mostly in Tamenglong district which contributes over 50% of the state’s annual production.It is famous especially for its well blended sweetness and acidic taste.
On the other hand, Hathei chilli, one of the best varieties of chillies with a distinct flavour and colour, grows in Sirarakhong village in Ukhrul district.
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