GUWAHATI, Nov 18 - Two applications from Assam for GI tag to gamosa and Chokuwa rice have been published in the GI journal, as both the commodities moved closer to get the recognition.
The applications have been published in the Geographical Indications Journal No. 124.
After an application is filed, it undergoes preliminary examination and scrutiny. In the next stage, if the Registrar of GI Registry has any objection to the application, he communicates it and also may conduct a hearing.
In the next stage the application, with all details of the commodity is published in the Geographical Indications Journal. It is published in the journal to give three months� time for filing any objection or opposition if anyone has. In the event of any objections, the Registry conducts hearings on the case.
The two products will be given GI registration after three months if there are no objections.
Chokuwa rice of Assam is not known in any other parts of the world. Chokuwa rice is a special class of semi glutinous winter rice (Sali rice in vernacular) of Assam which is in cultivation from time immemorial. This group of rice is characterized by low amylose content of the grains. Chokuwa rice varieties are tall, photosensitive and long duration varieties with low yield potential. However, this class of semi glutinous rice differs from other Sali rice varieties in its plant and grain characteristics.
Chokuwa rice of Assam has significance in social and religious ceremonies and forms a popular daily breakfast diet in rural Assam. However, this is not used for regular consumption.
Gamosa is a traditional textile of Assam which bears great significance for the people of Assam.