World-renowned superior quality dal, the ‘Gulbarga tur dal’ (Kalaburagi red gram), received Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the government on August 14.
“The team of scientists from the research station has redrafted the description with the additional specification of GI product and the special characteristics and quality parameters of the produce to get the product certified with GI tag,” said Jayaprakash R. Patil, Dean of Agriculture College, agriculture scientist at the Agriculture Research Station in Kalaburagi.
“The high calcium and potassium content of the soil in Gulbarga tur dal-growing region has been one of the major factors for its superior quality. According to soil test reports Kalaburagi soil contains 3.6 g/100g calcium and 0.1 g/100g potassium. Whereas the soil sample in Bengaluru contains 0.135 g/100g calcium and 0.045g/100g potassium,” he added.
Dr Muniswamy said that “Initially, GI status may not work wonders for the farmers, but in the long term, it would command a better price and create international demand for the product.”
Red gram, the main Kharif crop in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, is cultivated around 9 lakh hectors. Out of this, 3.7 lakh hectares are cultivating Kalburgi alone.