Govt urged to resolve basmati issue

KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has expressed concern over lethargy in the advocacy of the geographical indications (GI) and the trademark (TM) ownership of basmati and has urged the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to impress upon the government to resolve the matter on top priority, a statement said on Friday.
UNISAME President Zulfikar Thaver urged SMEDA to take up the matter, as many genuine SME basmati farmers, millers, processors and exporters are awaiting protection of their rights to label their produce of basmati grains, as basmati as rice is grown from genuine certified basmati seeds having all features and characteristics.
In view of the Delhi High Court’s decision, setting aside the restrictions imposed and restraining only basmati grown on the Indo-Gangetic plain as basmati.
The honourable HC has wisely concluded that the rice grown with genuine basmati seeds, besides the Indo-Gangetic plain is also basmati provided it is cultivated with bona fide basmati seeds and complies with the germination, features and characteristics of basmati specifications.


Posted on

May 25, 2019

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *