Usurpation causes harm to traditional producers throughout the world because it prevents them from claiming their position on the world market.
To illustrate, when tea which is produced outside the Darjeeling region labeled “Darjeeling Tea” in the market, the value of the true Darjeeling tea traditionally produced in India goes down with economic repercussions for the producers.
It has been estimated that near about 40000 tonnes of tea is sold as Darjeeling tea in the world market. Whereas only 10000 tonnes is produced in Darjeeling. That means, about 30000 tonnes of tea which is not Darjeeling tea are being misleadingly sold in the same brand.
In this cases, the real produces are sufferers as they do not get actual price of their product and aqlso consumers who misleadingly consumed other tea in the name of Darjeeling tea.
A geographical indication (GI) is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. In order to function as a GI, a sign must identify a product as originating in a given place.