Tirur Vettila obtains GI tag

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  1. Geographical Indication Registry of India has accorded Geographical Indication(GI) tag to Tirur Vettila.
  2. Tirur Vettila is a betel leaf.It is produced in Tirur and nearby areas of Malappuram district,Kerala.
  3. Tirur Vettila is unique for its significantly high content of total chlorophyll and protein in fresh leaves.The leaf also has several medicinal properties.
  4. Eugenol is the major essential oil in Tirur betel leaf contributing to its pungency.It’s shelf period is also more compared to other betel leaves.
  5. A geographical indication(GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.GI tags are given on the basis of the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act,1999.
  6. GI tag secures the quality and authenticity of a product to a particular geographical origin.It provides legal protection from duplication.The first product to get GI tag was Darjeeling Tea.