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Himsagar mango receives GI recognition

  • Published at 08:44 pm January 26th, 2019
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Khirshapat mangoes, also known as Himsagar, make up 20-25% of the total mango production in Bangladesh BSS

This is the third Bangladeshi product to have received the GI certification, after Jamdani and Ilish fish

The Khirshapat mangoes from Chapainawabganj, popularly known as Himsagar, has received the Geographical Indication (GI) as the third product from Bangladesh, following Ilish fish and jamdani sari.

The development comes after Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) applied for GI certification for the mango variety in February last year on behalf of the growers of Chapainawabganj, one of the main mango-producing districts in the country, reported UNB.

A certificate handover ceremony, organized by the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT), will be held Sunday morning, according to an Industries Ministry handout issued on Saturday.

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun will be present at the ceremony as the chief guest.

GI is a name or sign used on products to certify that it possesses certain qualities for being made or produced as per traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation due to its geographical origin.

Jamdani was certified as Bangladesh's first GI product, and Ilish was certified as the second one.

Khirshapat mangoes are one of the most popular and tastiest varieties of mangoes that are produced in Bangladesh, making up about 20-25% of the total mango production in the country each season.

This variety is also on the top of the mango export list. Meeting the local demands, Khirshapat is exported to many countries of Europe and the Middle East.

Receiving the GI certification means it will be known in the global market. It will also inspire the farmers to boost production as well as strengthen the mango-related economy of the country.