A State-level workshop on Geographical Indications (GI) conducted at the College of Forestry of Kerala Agricultural University has called for expediting the process to get GI tag for Nilambur Teak and its products.

According to K.Sudhakara, Dean of the College of Forestry, said that a seminar on GI Registration of Nilambur Teak will be organized at Nilambur to set the ball rolling.

All stake-holders, peoples’ representatives, forest officials and scientists of KAU will take part in the seminar.

GI tag is accorded to a natural or manufactured product if it has the qualities unique to one particular region.

The GI registration is intended to prevent unauthorised use of a registered geographical indication by others, promote economic prosperity of producers and boost exports by providing legal protection.

C. R.Elsy, head of the Intellectual Property Right Cell of KAU, said that GI Registry, Chennai had offered all possible help for registering Nilambur Teak as well as other products from Kerala.

E. V. Anoop, Head of Wood Science in the College of Forestry, said GI status for Nilambur Teak would revive a tradition of tree planting and trade.

Nilambur Teak, also known as Malabar Teak, is known for its log dimensions and desired wood figure.

A Geographical Indications registration is valid for 10 years. It may be renewed after the period.

Nilambur Teak, also known as Malabar Teak, is known for its log dimensions and desired wood figure. GI status for Nilambur Teak would revive a tradition of tree planting and trade.