Topic: GS3 – geography indications
- Efforts underway to expand cultivation of GI-tagged Onattukara sesame in Alappuzha, Kerala.
- Incentive scheme announced in Thekkekara Krishi Bhavan limits, offering ₹40 for a cent of land to farmers.
GI-tagged Onattukara sesame:
- Onattukara sesame is a unique and high-quality sesame seed variety grown in the Onattukara region of Kerala,
- It is known for its distinctive nutty flavor, high oil content, and rich nutritional value.
- Onattukara sesame has been granted a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, recognizing its unique characteristics and origin.
- The GI tag helps protect the reputation and authenticity of Onattukara sesame and promotes its marketability.
- Onattukara sesame is used in various culinary preparations, such as sesame oil, sweets, and savory dishes.
- It is also valued for its medicinal properties and believed to have health benefits.