Department bids to promote more 'geographical indication' products

Economy August 25, 2014 01:00

By Petchanet Pratruangkrai

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The Intellectual Property Department has launched a project to promote "one geographical indication, one province" to boost development of local products and increase income for local people.

The department’s goal is to stimulate more local products for commercialisation.
Kulanee Issadisai, deputy director-general of the department, said last week that the department will next year encourage one province to have one GI product because the world market knows GI products have high value and come from a specific area.
The department has found eight products in seven provinces that could be promoted under the project. They are Prachin Buri’s durian, Nakhon Nayok’s mayongchit and maprang, Samut Sakhon’s coconut, Ang Thong’s drums, Phitsanulok’s dried banana, Chaiyaphum’s Baan Khao silk and Ubon Ratchathani’s Kab Bua textiles.
To prepare those products for commercialisation, the department will help local producers learn how to increase their products’ value and also how to market and trade them. 
It will also ensure that producers will produce goods of the same standard.
A geographical indication is a name or sign used on certain products that corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin, such as a town, province, region or country. 
The use of a GI may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
To date, 64 Thai products have been approved from 93 products requesting GI certification, while 10 foreign products have won certification from 14 requests.
Thai Thung Kula Ronghai Hom Mali Rice has already been certified in the European Union. 
The department is requesting GI certification for four more Thai products – Doi Chang and Doi Tung coffees in the EU; sangyod,va purple-coloured rice grown only in Phatthalung in the South, whose request status is being checked; and Isaan Thai silk in Vietnam.