The Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment from Cyprus is about to register the red potato, the country’s second most important agricultural product, with the European Union. Application for registration has been published in the republic’s official gazette.
According to Minister Costas Kadis, there will be a one-month period for objections before the application is forwarded to the European Commission. Kadis emphasized the importance of potato registration as a safeguard against potatoes of other origins marketed as Cypriot potatoes.
“You know that it is a victim of its own quality because many potatoes of foreign origin are marketed as Cypriot, causing the reputation and value of this product to suffer,” Kadis stated. He believes that registering the potato as a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) product will help identify its origin and characteristics. “It will be a geographical designation that provides identity and is associated with the quality of the product.”