The certificate was distributed on behalf of the Patents, Designs and Trademarks Directorate
Farmers and traders of the famed Khirshapat mangoes, also known as Himsagar, of Rajshahi are rejoicing as it is the third Bangladeshi product, after the Ilish fish and Jamdani sari,to receive a Geographical Indication (GI) branding.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun handed over the GI certificate to Dr Md Shafiqul Islam, chief scientific Officer of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) at a ceremony held at the Industries Ministry on Monday.
The certificate was given on behalf of the Patents, Designs and Trademarks Directorate, which operates under the Industries Ministry.
The Industries Minister said: "Rajshahi is famous for mangoes for a long time now. We thank those who conduct research on mangoes. The support of the government to mango related research and agro-based industrialization will continue. We have to go forward to achieve our goal."
The GI recognition will benefit mango growers, traders, and agro-based entrepreneurs, he hoped.
Dr Md Shafiqul Islam said 3,500 metric tons of Khirsapat mangoes were produced on 3,400 acres in Chapainawabganj last year.
"We think farmers will be keen to cultivate it after the certification. Our production will also increase in future for the branding," he said.
The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute 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.
Khirshapat mangoes are the tastiest mangoes of Chapainawabganj district which produces 20-25% of all mangoes in the country each season. This variety is also on top of the mango export list.
Meeting local market demand, the variety is exported to many countries of Europe and the Middle East.