In a bid to help growers get the maximum price for their premium produce, the government has awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Mithila Makhana.
Once a product gets this tag, any person or company cannot sell a similar item under that name. This tag is valid for a period of 10 years following which it can be renewed.
Makhana is the one of the three prestigious cultural identity of Mithila. Pan, Makhan and Machh (fish) are the three prestigious cultural identity of Mithila. ‘पग-पग पोखर, माछ, मखान’ (step to step there are ponds, fishes, and Makhan) marks the region’s cultural identity and Maithili pride. In Mithila, Makhana is also termed as Makhan.
It is also very famous in Kojagara festival of Maithil Brahmins celebrated for newly married couples. Makhana contains protein and fiber, along with micronutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Postal Department of India started courier service of Mithila Makhana in the state of Bihar from 28th January of 2021.