The geographical tag was recently awarded to Manipur’s most famous Hathei chilli and Tamenglong orange. Assam’s Judima rice wine may be the newest addition to the list.
Judima is a rice wine created from steamed sticky rice and spices. The wine is made by the state’s Dimasa tribe and has a characteristic sweet taste. It takes about a week to make and can be preserved for years.
According to sources, this is the second GI-tagged product from Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao’s hill areas.
The Assam Agriculture University’s agricultural research division acted as a facilitator in the process of Judima receiving the GI tag, and AAU scientists Dr. Kishore Kumar Sharma, Dr. Gargi Sharma, and Dr. S Maibongsa, as well as Dr. Uttam Baithari, a professor at Gauhati University, were involved in the application and documentation of Judima.
Although it is a local traditional drink, locals wanted to brand it and secure its future preservation, so they created a group and filed for the GI tag.
A geographical indication, or GI, is a label that appears on items that have a specific geographical origin and that have properties or a reputation that are due to that provenance.