India: Mangoes from Konkan region of Maharashtra will be known as Hapus

May 2, 2018

In the beginning of the Mango Season, the Geographical Indications Registry, Mumbai ordered that mango produced only within the Konkan region of Maharashtra will be called Hapus (also known as Alphanso mango).

Alphanso mango is a seasonal fruit, which is considered to be among the most superior varieties of the fruit in terms of sweetness, richness and flavour and is a native of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. This mango was developed out of the grafting experiments done by the Portuguese during their rule in India.

Geographical Indications Registry on April 19, 2018 rejected individual applications filed by four petitioners (namely Dapoli university, Kokan Hapus Udpadak Sangh, Ratnagiri Hapus Udpadak Sangh, and Devgargh Hapus Udpadak Sangh.) of Alphonso mangoes in Konkan to register their produce as Hapus.

The Controller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks, Mr. Om Prakash Gupta suggested that instead of GI tagging separate names, all mangoes from Konkan region will get the Hapus tag. It will be formally given after the applicants submit a fresh application. The districts in Konkan Region include Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Raigad.[1]

Several applications have been filed from the State of Maharastra for securing GI registration in respect of Alphonso Mango. Details thereof are as under:

Application No. Geographical Indications
139 Alphonso Mango
379 Devgad Alphonso Mango
497 Ratnagiri Alphonso Mango

Various other states in India, have obtained registrations for their traditionally grown mangoes. Details thereof, are as under:

Registration No.

Geographical Indications
111 Laxman Bhog Mango West Bengal
Khirsapati (Himsagar) Mango
West Bengal
113 Fazli Mango grown in the district of Malda West Bengal
125 Mango Malihabadi Dusseheri Uttar Pradesh
132 Appemidi Mango Karnataka
185 Gir Kesar Mango Gujarat
499 Marathwada Kesar Mango Maharashtra
241 Banaganapalle Mangoes Andhra Pradesh
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