Badiuzzaman Rajababu, Chapainawabganj District Correspondent:
Deputy Registrar (GI) of the Directorate of Patents, Designs and Trademarks. Zillur Rahman said, it is possible to introduce Bangladesh to the world with the Khirshapat mangoes of Chapainawabganj, the mangoes of Chapainawabganj are very delicious. Especially the Khirshapat mango of this district is very sweet. The mangoes here are famous all over the country. Even khirshapat mangoes have been exported abroad. So it is possible to introduce Bangladesh to the world with the mangoes of this district. This can be ensured through proper use of Geographical Indications (GI).
On Thursday (May 11) at noon, he said these things at a workshop on branding through Khirshapat Mango Geographical Indicator of a restaurant in Chapainawabganj. Zillur Rahman also said that the mangoes of Chapainawabganj will come to the market after another 20 days. But unripe mangoes from different areas are being sold in the market using the name of mango here. The mango farmers of this area are affected by this. So branding of Kshirshapati mangoes here is necessary. I would request the Khirshapat mango growers of this district to do the branding of this mango. This will increase the value of Chapainawabganj Khirshapat mangoes in the world market.
He said, I went to different mango markets and saw that mango farmers are being cheated in Chapainawabganj. Because mangoes from other areas are sold in this district. This is what we want to stop. Our main objective is to ensure that genuine Khirshapat mango farmers get fair prices.
Zillur Rahman said that Kshirshapat Mango of Chapainawabganj has already received the certificate as a GI product. But we are still not able to put the GI certificate sticker on Kshirshapati mangoes. But I am arranging it very quickly. This will give better branding to Kshirshapat mangoes of Chapainawabganj.
At the workshop, Matteo Gragnani, Legal Officer of World Intellectual Property Organization said, I have heard the reputation of Kshirsapat mangoes of Chapainawabganj. So come here to work on the project. I want to work with mango farmers here. Kshirshapati mangoes will spread worldwide fame if done properly.
Chapainawabganj Mango Foundation Member Secretary Ahsan Habib, Shibganj Mango Producers Cooperative Society General Secretary Ismail Khan Shamim and 30 mango growers of the district were present in the workshop.