Andhra Pradesh, a state in the south-eastern coastal region of India known as the "Rice Bowl of India" for being a major producer of rice in India is the seventh largest state by area covering an area of 162,975 sq.km (62,925 sq mi) and tenth-most populous state, with 49,386,799 inhabitants. Early inhabitants were known as the Andhras, tracing their history to vedic ages when they were mentioned in the 14th century Sanskrit epics such as Aitareya Brahmana.
With its long coastline and many rivers, the state has a significant and expanding fishing industry. Andhra Pradesh has thirteen geographical indications in categories of agricultural handicrafts, foodstuff and textiles as per Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. It increased to fifteen with the addition of Banaganapalle Mangoes and Bandar laddu. Agricultural commodities grown statewide besides rice and mangoes include other cereal grains, pulses peanuts, corn, and cotton—all of which are processed locally as well—and a variety of fruits and vegetables.