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After halloumi, now the potato patent

The process has begun, with developments expected by the end of 2023.

Maria Eracleous

Maria Eracleous

Another product is being registered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Environment. This is the red potato, the country's second most important agricultural product, for which an application for registration has been published in the Republic's official gazette. According to Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis, there will be a one-month period for objections before the application is forwarded to the European Commission.

Speaking as part of his Ministry's review of its work, the Minister of Agriculture 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 that by registering these anomalies, they will be dealt with more effectively.

He believes that registering the potato as a PGI 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."

He explained that the objection process in Cyprus will be completed within the next month, and that if there are any objections, they will be answered, and that the process will be completed by the end of the year.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]


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