West Bengal’s Gobindobhog rice gets geographical indication status

On august 29,2017, The Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) has granted geographical indication (GI) status to Gobindobhog rice, a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal. The state has applied for GI status in the year 2015. Gobindobhog rice is a short grain, white, aromatic, sticky rice having a sweet buttery flavour. It derives its name from principal ingredient usage in preparation of offerings to Govindajiu, the family deity of Setts of Kolkata. It is cultivated late and not much affected by rains. Its productivity per area is high, so farmers get better prices for Gobindobhog rice. It is primarily cultivated in southern basin of Damodar River and Khandaghosh blocks. Burdwan region is called “the rice bowl of Bengal”.