‘Sirsi supari’ gets geographical indication (GI) tag

  • ‘Sirsi Supari’ grown in Uttar Kannada of Karnataka has been accorded the GI tag on 4 March 2019.
  • The Registrar of Geographical Indications, Government of India has first time accorded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to a arecanut. 
  • The Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society (TSS) Ltd, a Sirsi-based agri cooperative, is the registered proprietor of the GI ‘Sirsi Supari. 
  • It is  cultivated in Yellapura, Siddapura and Sirsi taluks.
  • ‘Sirsi Supari’ is medium sized and round in shape. It has a somewhat ash coloured hard seed, Hegde said.
  • The fruit of ‘Sirsi Supari’ turns from yellow to scarlet as it ripens, and consists of a thick fibrous pericarp (husk) that encloses this seed.
  • According to the  World Intellectual Property Organisation, GI as a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. 
Sirsi Supari grown area

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