Nilambur teak all set to get GI tag

Nilambur teak, internationally known for its superior quality and elegant appearance, will soon be given a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, as reported in The Hindu.

The timber has superior mechanical and physical properties, besides an incomparable aesthetic appearance. The effort to obtain the GI status for this unique timber variety, pioneered by the intellectual property rights cell of the Kerala Agricultural University, the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) and the Department of Forests, is set to bear fruit within a month.

It was the British who identified the superior quality of teak from Nilambur plantations and forests. Later, the region became the major supplier of quality teak in the world.

Tonnes of timber, blessed with superior mechanical and physical properties, as well as incomparable aesthetic appearance, were taken to London and other parts of the world. The Nilambur-Shoranur railway line was laid for transporting the teak logs.

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