After getting GI tag for Jamdani, Hilsa and Khirsapat mango, process to get more products on Geographical Identification (GI) list is under way.
Sources in the Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (DPDT) said some 28 applications have been submitted to the department to get registered as geographical indication (GI) product.Of them, products like Agor, Nakshi Katha, Silk and many other products have the potentials of getting GI tag.
Therefore, efforts are under way get the list of more local products longer.
According to the sources, there are applications in favour of Kataribhog and Kalijira rice, Langra, Haribanga and Aswina Mango, Sundarans Honey, Woven Clothes of Sirajganj, Porabarir Chomchom of Tangail, Chhaturmukhi Sweets of Brahmanbaria, etc.
DPDT officials said being the regulator for geographical indication process; they are now examining the facts in line with the GI rules and regulations.
“We have around 28-29 applications for GI registration as of now. DPDT is working as per the GI rules so that the products get registration following the procedure,” Registrar of DPDT Md Sanowar Hossain told daily sun.
On November 17, 2016, the government certified Jamdanee sharee as the first GI product in Bangladesh under the Geographical Indication Act 2013.On June 1, the government issued a gazette notification announcing Ilish as the other GI product in Bangladesh. On January 27, 2018, Khirsapat mango of Chapainawabganj, popularly known as Himsagar, got GI recognition as third GI product.
GI is a name or sign used on certain products to certify that they possess certain qualities because as they are made as per traditional methods or enjoy a certain reputation due to their geographical origin.
Narrating GI procedure, DPDT Registrar Md Sanowar Hossain said historical documentation is the toughest challenge on the road to GI identification.
“Historical evidence and documents in support of proving product’s uniqueness are the main barriers to getting GI recognition in most cases. We are working closely with those who have applied for GI registration,” said the registrar.
Applying for GI certification is not an easy process. The applicant has to show the historical background of the product like ancient documents and the product’s uniqueness, which is difficult, he added.
DPDT sources said Silk, a product of much pride like Jamdani and Muslin, has every potential to be registered as a GI product. Even Bangladesh Sericulture Development Board has already collected some supporting documents which will help get the recognition.
Sanowar Hossain said the GI registration of a product will benefit both producers and buyers. It will allow buyers to identify the products while producers will be able to go for branding of their products.
As per the rules, an association of producers or a government organisation that works to safeguard the producers’ interests can apply for GI registration.
A detailed description of the product, geographical area, map of the production zone and historical proof and uniqueness of the product should be provided for the registration.