For the first time, Muzaffarpur district in Bihar has dispatched 523 kilograms of GI tagged fresh litchis to the UK on May 24. Bihar is the largest cultivator of the fruit in India. The litchi from Bihar, referred to as Shahi litchi is the fourth product from the state to receive the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
The Litchi Growers Association of Bihar, based in Muzaffarpur, was granted GI recognition for the Shahi litchi in 2018. India is the world’s second largest producer of litchis, after China. According to the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, litchi is currently grown over an area of around 83,000 hectares across the country. Bihar’s litchi orchards alone cover about 35,000 hectares and produce 40 per cent of all litchi grown in the country.
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