Salem Sago

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Recently, the Salem Starch and Sago Manufacturers Service Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd (popularly called as SAGOSERVE) received the Geographical indication tag or GI tag for Salem sago.

About Salem Sago

  • Sago is derived from raw tapiocas.
  • It is in the form of small hard globules or pearls and is pearl white in colour.
  • It is manufactured from the wet starch powder crushed from tapioca roots.
  • The wet starch powder is used for producing sago and the dry powder has been used as a raw material for industrial purposes.


What is Tapioca? 

  • It is a major horticulture crop cultivated on nearly 3 lakh hectares in Tamil Nadu, producing 60 lakhs tonnes of the crop.
  • Climate and Soil
    • Any well drained soil preferably red lateritic loamy soil.
    • It thrives best in tropical, warm humid climate
    • Rainfall: Well distributed rainfall of over 100 cm per annum.
    • This crop can be cultivated upto an elevation of 1000 m.


What is GI tag?

  • It is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
  • This is typically used for agricultural products, foodstuffs, wine and spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.
  • The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 seeks to provide for the registration and better protection of geographical indications relating to goods in India.
  • This GI tag is valid for 10 years following which it can be renewed.


Q1) What is  laterite soil ?

It is a type of soil that is found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is characterized by several unique properties and is formed through a process of weathering and leaching.

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