J&K’s Sulai Honey Receives GI Tag in Ramban, Boosting Bee Farmer Incomes and Global Recognition

I have been doing Beekeeping work since 1996 in Ramban district of Jammu & Kashmir. But we were suffering in our work till four-five years ago. Suhai Honey was just a name, its identity was nowhere. We are grateful to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for giving GI Tag to Sulai Honey of Jammu & Kashmir. A Geographical Indication (GI) tag is a prestigious label that designates a specific geographic region or country of origin of a product. GI Tag will give us two benefits. One, the income of our farmers will increase. Sulai Honey has gained recognition not only for its exquisite taste but also for its organic nature. Earlier, the honey used to sell at Rs 200-Rs 400 per kg. Now it will go up to Rs 1500-2000 per kg, said the beekeeper. GI tagging has happened for our benefit, say beekeepers in Jammu & Kashmir. It is that boost that we were looking for in so many years. A farmer will benefit four times more with GI tagging. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented organic Sulai Honey to Queen Elizabeth during his visit to Britain. A female beekeeper said she was thankful to the Lieutenant Governor, Shri Manoj Sinha and the Director of Agriculture, Shri KK Sharma for giving full support in getting GI Tag.

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