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Geographical indication (GI) tag for Goan cashew (kernel)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: IE

 

Context: The cashew industry in Goa recently received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, which has significant implications for the region.

  • The GI tag signifies that Goan cashews have unique characteristics and qualities due to their geographical origin.

Significance:

  • Differentiation from Non-Goan Cashews
  • Export Potential
  • Economic Contribution: Cashew was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and it has since become a significant contributor to the state’s economy.