Islamabad, Jan 28: Pakistan has received the Geographical Indicator (GI) tag for its Basmati, paving the way for creating a local registry for the particular strain of rice and making a case in the international market, as the country fights a case in the EU against India’s move to get Basmati rice registered as its product.

A GI tag is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess origin-based qualities and reputation in the region. Pakistan is fighting a case in the 27-member EU against India’s move to get Basmati rice registered as its product.

Laws require that before applying for registration of any product in the international market it has to be protected under the geographical indication (GI) laws of that country.

A top Pakistan official said that the country had received the Geographical Indicator (GI) tag for its Basmati.

“I am glad to inform you that Pakistan has registered Basmati Rice as a Geographical Indication (GI) under the Geographical Indications Act 2020,” Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood announced on Twitter. – PTI