The Manipur state government expects that the Tamenglong orange (Citrus reticulata), a species of mandarin and a unique fruit crop found in the state, will get its GI certificate after 120 days.
K. Devdutta Sharma, Project director of Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA): “We are expecting to get a GI Certificate for the Tamenglong orange as it has already been notified. Sirarakhong Hathei, a long chill variety having a unique taste and colour which grows in Sirarakhong village under Ukhrul district has already been approved and it will also be notified soon.”
Last year, MOMA applied for GI tags for the Tamenglong orange, Sirarakhong Hathei, Shirui Lily of Ukhrul district and the Black Cherry of the Senapati district. But Shirui Lily was rejected following changes in GI guidelines, he said.
Tamenglong orange, a species of the mandarin group, is a unique fruit crop found only in the Tamenglong district which contributes over 50 per cent of the state’s annual production. It is famous especially for its sweetness, which is coupled with a nice acidic taste.
As reported on hindustantimes.com, Manipur has been celebrating the Orange Festival every December for the last 15 years to promote Tamenglong oranges.