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Bangladesh: Khirsapat mango to get Geographical Indication status

The title ‘Geographical Indication’ links products with their specific origin, be it a country, town or region. Products registered for geographical indication benefit in terms of maintaining quality and authenticity, and certainly in marketing. With the help of the district administration, the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute applied to the patent design and trademark department for the Khirsapat's Geographical Indication on February 2 last year. And now the Khirsapat mango of Chapainawabganj looks set to join the list of Bangladeshi products with this sought-after indication status.

“People from other districts often know it as himsagor, but its true name is khirsapat,” says Dr Hamim Reza, chief scientific officer of the regional Horticulture Research Station in Chapainawabganj. “It's among the most popular mango varieties in the country. If it gets geographical indication status it will be good news for the district. Demand is likely to increase both at home and abroad as the special quality of this mango and its association with Chapainawabganj will become more appreciated.” reports how in a district that produces around 240.000 tonnes of 350 mango varieties per year, the egg-sized khirsapat are well-known for their very sweet taste. Around 8.6 centimetres long and weighing on average around 264 grams, the green-skinned khirsapat turns yellowish as it ripens from the first week of June. The flesh of the fruit has little fibre and a pleasant aroma.

“Chapainawabganj is known as the capital of mangoes,” says the district's Deputy Commissioner Mahmudul Hasan,“ and we are trying to brand it as such. A Geographical indication for the khirsapat will help us.”

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