The only nations that produce Basmati rice, India & Pakistan are all set to share the GI status of the commodity.

The GI or Geographical Indication tag is used on commodities or products that have a particular geographical origin, qualities and reputation derived from that location.

Both the nations agreed on common grounds after opposing each other's claim for obtaining a Protected Geographical Indication tag for Basmati, basically in European Union.

In 2020 when India filed for a GI status that would have provided the country with a monopoly over the European Basmati Rice Market giving the advantage of legal protection against misuse in EU and non-EU countries, the clash between India & Pakistan over the GI status began when Pakistan, the largest exporter of Basmati Rice opposed this move by filing a counter-petition.

In India the rice variety is grown in the region of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir whereas the export after the tag could have gone up from $250 million to $500 million, doubling the returns.

In the MY 2020-2021 India exported $245.4 Million worth of Basmati Rice to the EU whereas Pakistan exports 2 to 2.5 lakh tonnes to the EU on an average. Eventually, in 2006 the EU had already recognized Basmati as a joint product of both nations.

In the end, India & Pakistan have settled for a Joint recognition of Basmati in the EU region.

The Basmati Ownership