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November 13, 2019

Efforts on to get geographical indication tag for Shwebo Pawsan paddy

Workers harvesting paddy in Wetlet, Shwebo. Photo: Moe Thauk (Shwebo)
Workers harvesting paddy in Wetlet, Shwebo. Photo: Moe Thauk (Shwebo)

The Shwebo Pawsan Rice Producers and Exporters Association (Central) is making efforts to get a geographical indication tag for Shwebo Pawsan, a high-quality rice variety, according to the Agriculture and Market Information Agency (AMIA).
“Five items, including Shwebo Pawsan, have been selected in the preliminary stage for GI designation. Farmers play a vital role in efforts towards GI tagging. Seed production is also required for GI. A seed exporters association has been formed. Next year, seed production will start,” the chair of the Shwebo Pawsan Rice Producers and Exporters Association (Central) told AMIA. In order to get a patent for Shwebo Pawsan, the related organizations and farmers are working together to meet quality and GI criteria.
Pawsan rice was previously grown in the Ayeyawady delta region. Now, it is cultivated across the country. There are about 1.3 million acres under Pawsan cultivation every year.
Pawsan varieties vary depending on the region and harvest season.
A GI is a specific intellectual property right that designates a product from a specific region, and whose characteristics result from both the natural conditions of its origin and the expertise of local producers. — AMIA
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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