Mango farmers associations in Maharashtra are exploring legal options against the sale of a certain variety of mangoes being sold as ‘Alphonso mangoes’ from Karnataka. Such mangoes have started arriving in the Pune market.
Alphonso or Hapus mangoes are extensively cultivated in Maharashtra and last year four districts in the State received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographic Indication Registry, which operates under the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.
As mangoes from the four districts have received a GI tag, mangoes from other states with similar features cannot be sold as Alphonso or Hapus mangoes. According to thehindubusinessline.com, such mislabelling of mangoes can be penalised under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. Violation of the act attracts a jail term of six months and ₹50,000 penalty.