Ban Phaeo coconuts to be Samut Sakhon GI product
- National News Bureau & Public Relations
- September 12, 2017
The Department of Intellectual Property is preparing to register Ban Phaeo coconuts as a Geographical Indication (GI) product of Samut Sakhon province.
Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property, Tossapol Tungsubut today visited Ban Phaeo coconut growers, business operators and local officials to talk about the benefits of Geographical Indication. An advisory team will be appointed to collect ideas and suggestions from the coconut producers while seeking ways to solve any problems facing GI registration.
Mr. Tossapol stressed the government’s intention to elevate Thai GI products to internationally-recognized ones, saying the Department of Intellectual Property plans to identify the GI products of all 77 provinces this year and promote Thai GI products overseas.
Ban Phaeo coconut was developed and introduced by Kasetsart University in the districts of Krathumban and Ban Phaeo before becoming an important commodity of Samut Sakhon in 1952. It differs from its counterparts in other areas for its oval-shaped shell, short tree trunk and sweet juice with a pandan-like fragrance.
Ban Phaeo coconut is the second product to obtain GI status this year following the black spinel of Kanchanaburi.