Sompong Ornprasert from Phuket Provincial Commerce Office reported in Phuket Provincial board conference of January that 2 years ago the office has submitted Phuket pineapple and Phuket pearl to the IP Department to be registered as Phuket’s geographical indicator. Recently, the pineapple has already been registered as Phuket geographical indicator by the IP Department while the pearl is in the inspection procedure.
Apart from Phuket pineapple, there are various products from different part of Thailand that have been registered as the geographical indicators such as Bor Sang umbrella from Chaing Mai, Baan Chiang pottery from Udornthani, oyster from Suratthani, Prae – wa silk from Karasin, Hom Mali rice from Surin, Sweet tamarind from Petchaboon, Nakornchaisri pomelo from Nakornpathom, Sung Yod rice from Patthalung, Roasted pork from Trang and Sriracha pineapple from Chonburi.
Sompong mentioned that now Phuket pineapple plantation owners, are working together to create the same practice in pineapple planting to preserve the pineapple’s characteristic and increase its value. Not only this will benefit the farmers but it also helps consumers get the quality pineapple.