Assam gets GI tag for popular rice wine, Judima

admin November 9, 2021
Updated 2021/11/09 at 11:25 AM

The geographical indication (GI) designation has been given to Judima, a wine produced by the Dimasa people in Assam.

This rice wine with a specific herb is the first beverage from the northeast to get this designation.

The Assam Agricultural University, which coordinated historical and cultural study on the popular drink with the Youth Association for Development and Empowerment (YADEM) in central Assam’s Dima Hasao district, received the GI tag for Judima after months of paperwork.

The information regarding Judima was uploaded on the website of the Chennai-based GI Registry, according to Ashok Bhattacharyya, the university’s Director of Research (Agriculture).

He claimed four scientists were engaged in the application and documentation of Judima: Kishore Kumar Sharma, Gargi Sharma, S. Maibongsa, and Uttam Baithari.

Dr. Bhattacharyya said that YADEM and a Dimasa women’s organisation called Dimazik contacted the university for help in promoting Judima.

The Dimasas’ social and cultural life revolves around Judima. The drink was given a geographical designation 14 years after the ginger from the neighbouring Karbi Anglong region was given one.

Manipur has received the GI label for two of its indigenous goods. Tamenglong oranges and Hathei chillies were cultivated on the hills.


Source: The Hindu

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