Kanyakumari Clove granted GI Tag Status


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It is a proud moment for every species grower of Kanyakumari on obtaining the Geographical Indication Tag for the clove. It is grown in the hilly regions of the district. It is also famous for its rich aromatic oil content. Clove is known as one of the prominent spice crops for the harvesters of the district. It is grown in the densely wooded areas spread over 760 hectares of Maaraamalai, Blackrock, and Velimalai situated in the Western Ghats of the Veerapuli Reserve Forests and Mahendragiri. The district displays around 73% of the total area under clove in Tamil Nadu.

India is known for producing around total production of 1,100 tonnes of cloves out of which Tamil Nadu accounts for approximately 1,000 tonnes. And out of that 1, 000 tonnes of Tamil Nadu’s production, over 65% is grown in the district of Kanyakumari.

“The climate in the hilly regions of Kanyakumari district is ideal for clove cultivation. This region benefits from both the southwest and northeast monsoons. Also, the ‘sea mist’ comes in and works up the moisture needed for the crop. The black soil here, rich in organic nutrients, is suitable for clove cultivation. This makes the cloves grown in the region unique,” Collector M. Aravind says.

“While the typical volatile oil content is about 18%, the volatile oil content in the Kanyakumari clove buds is 21%, resulting in 86% of eugenol. Furthermore, drying happens naturally at the plantations located at an altitude of about 800 meters and having moderate temperatures. This means a limited loss of essential oils and an increase in their concentration,” Mr. Aravind says.

Different parts of the clove plant such as flower buds, stalks, and fallen leaves are used in preparing essential oils. There are many ways in which clove bud and its oils are utilized efficiently like in the medical, pharmaceutical, and perfumery industries. The clove buds from Kanyakumari are preferred while preparing higher volatile oils.

The Maaraamalai Planters Association and Blackrock Hill Planters Association made some outstanding efforts in Kanyakumari clove getting global recognition for its uniqueness. Both the associations got full support from the district administration while securing the GI Tag.

“The GI Tag assigned to the cloves being harvested in the district will rightly convey the value of this product to the international consumers and traders,” Mr. Aravind says. It is always a pleasing moment not only for the residents of that state where something gets GI Tag but also for the citizens of India. It is something to be proud of.

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