Will Tirunelveli ‘Halwa’ and Tuticorin ‘Macaroons’ get GI Tag ?


After ‘Kancheepuram Silk’ ‘Madurai Malli’ and Coimbatore wet grinders, makers of “Tirunelveli Halwa”, famous for its taste and long shelf life, and Tuticorin macaroons, an indianised dish of European macaroons, are trying to get Geographical Indication (GI) tag. With the GI tag helping the producers in better marketing, especially overseas, more and more producers are seeking to get the registration, conferred on products definite to a geographical territory.

Speaking at a meeting attended by 20 halwa manufacturers from here and three macaroon maufacturers from Tuticorin to discuss the possibility of getting the GI tags, officials said whether it was ‘Madurai Malligai’ (jasmine) or wet grinder of Coimbatore, the tag had made them more famous and helped farmers and manufacturers to get a better price both in the country and abroad.

Additional Public Prosecutor Sanjay Gandhi said GI tag for the halwa or macaroon was possible only if the makers came together and apply for the tag as an association.

The officials said there was a problem in getting GI tag for halwa since it was doubtful whether the owners of “Iruttukadai”, whose halwa is the most famous, would join others to get the recognition.

Assistant Registrar of Trade Chinnaraja G.Naidu said 21 products from Tamil Nadu had so far received GI tag while an equal number of others, including makers of ‘Srivilliputhur Palgova’ (a milk sweet) have applied for it.

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