The Union Government has issued a certificate of GI registration for Saffron grown in the Kashmir Valley in a significant decision. While expressing happiness on the development, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has said that this is the first major step to put Saffron produced in Kashmir Valley on the world map with authentication.
With the GI tag, Kashmir Saffron will acquire more prominence in the export market and would help the farmers get a better remunerative price. The LG has complimented Director of Agriculture in Kashmir for pursuing GI certification and said that restoring the pristine glory of Kashmir Saffron is top priority for both the Union Territory Administration as well as the Centre.
He further said that with the completion and inauguration of state of the art Spice Park next month, these measures will prove to be the game changer for Kashmir Saffron.
GI certification establishes specific geographical origin and certifies certain unique qualities of the product and enables those who have the right to use sign in order to prevent third parties using the sign.
The GI certification would also stop the prevalent adulteration of Kashmir Saffron and thereby authenticated Saffron will fetch much better prices.