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4 More Products Got GI Approval

Own Correspondent: The Department of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (DPDT) has published a journal approving 4 more products as Geographical Indications (GI) of Bangladesh. With this, the number of approved GI products in the country stands at 28.

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This information was informed by the Ministry of Industry on Monday (February 12).

The 4 products are - Handibhanga Mango of Rangpur, Agar of Moulvibazar, Agar Atar of Moulvibazar and Manda of Muktagacha.

It should be noted that the Department of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (DPDT) under the Ministry of Industry started its journey in Bangladesh in 2003. It is now known as the Department of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (DPDT).

The Geographical Indication Products (Registration and Protection) Act, 2013 was passed at the initiative of the Ministry of Industries. After 2 years the Geographical Indications Rules, 2015 were enacted.

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In 2016, Jamdani saree was recognized as the first GI product in Bangladesh. After that 20 more products got recognition.

These 20 products are Hilsa of Bangladesh, Khirsapat Mango of Chapainawabganj, White Soil of Vijaypur, Katari Bhog of Dinajpur, Bangladesh Kalijira, Shataranji of Rangpur, Rajshahi Silk, Dhakai Muslin, Fazli Mango of Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj, Bagda Shrimp of Bangladesh, Shital Pati of Bangladesh, Curd of Bogra, Tulshimala of Sherpur. Paddy, Langra Mango of Chapainawabganj, Ashwina Mango of Chapainawabganj, Kachagolla of Natore, Black Bengal Goat of Bangladesh, Chamcham of Porabari of Tangail, Rasmalai of Comilla and Sesame Khaja of Kushtia.

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The recently approved 3 GI products Tangail Saree, Amritsagar Banana of Narsingdi and Rasgolla of Gopalganj and the copy and journal of approval were handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday (February 11) by Industry Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun and Senior Secretary of Industry Ministry Zakia Sultana.

With this, the number of GI products is 24. With the publication of 4 GI product journals today, the total number of approved GI products stands at 28.

Besides, 2 more products are under process for approval. They are Nakshikantha of Jamalpur and Date molasses of Jessore. Journals for these two products are expected to be published next week.

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