Prelims 2390

Which of the following has/have been accorded ‘Geographical Indication’ status?
1. Kothawada durries of Warangal
2. Kadaknath chicken of Madhya Pradesh
3. Vazhakulam Pineapple
Select the correct answer using the codegiven below.
1 only
1 and 2 only
2 and 3 only
1, 2 and 3
Explanation :
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin andpossess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign mustidentify a product as originating in a given place.
Warangal Dhurries
Dhurries is popular traditional thick cotton rug in which weavers create beautiful patterns and dye them using vegetable colours, which are washed in flowing water after the printing process. Currently, there are more than 2000 weaving community members present in Kothawada, Warangal in spinning Dhurrie. The products are exported mainly to UK, Germany along with few other European and African countries.
Kadaknath Chicken
Kadaknath chicken breed is unique for its black colour due to its black-feathers. Its black colour stems from the deposition of melanin pigment. This breed of chicken is popular for its adaptability and flavourful good-tasting black meat, which is believed to have properties. It is native tribal districts of Jhabua, Alirajpur and parts of Dhar in Madhya Pradesh. Kadaknath chicken contains 25-27% of protein in comparison with other breeds of chickens that contain 18% protein. It is also known for its high iron content. It has fat and cholesterol content lower compared with other chicken breeds. Due to this special characteristics, Kadaknath chicken’s chicks and eggs are sold at much higher rate than other varieties of chicken. This chicken breed is very popular among local tribal people mainly due to its adaptability to the local environment, disease resistance, meat quality, texture and flavor.
Vazhakulam Pineapple.
Vazhakulam pineapple is the term used to refer to the pineapple produced in the Vazhakulam area in Kerala. The GI registration specifies the specialties of this product thus: “Vazhakulam pineapple locally known as ‘Kannarachakka’ comes under the species Ananascomosus. The average fruit weight is 1300-1600 g. The fruit has a pleasant aroma, fruit shape is slightly conical, fruit ‘eyes’ deeply placed, fruit flesh is crisp and golden yellow in color, juice is sweet with 14-16o brix and its acidity is 0.50 – 0.70%. It is a good source of carotene, vitamins, minerals and energy.” Hence, all are correct.