Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Jamakkalam Weavers

17 April 2021 Current Affairs:The Covid pandemic has had a negative impact on the production of Bhavani jamakkalam with the GI label.

♦ Bhavani Jamakkalam refers to blankets and rugs produced in Bhavani, Erode District, Tamil Nadu.
♦ It has been recognized as a geographical indication by the Indian government.
♦ Geographical indications (GI) are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and have a quality or reputation attributable to that origin.
♦ Geographical indications are used for many products like agricultural products, food, wine and spirits, handicrafts and industrial products.
♦ Darjeeling tea became India’s first product with a GI label.
♦ The registration of a geographical indication is valid for 10 years, after which it needs to be updated. In India, geographical indications are granted under the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) of Commodities Act 1999.

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