Cambodian Products Chasing GI Status From The EU

Fragrant milled rice from Battambang province is one of four Cambodian products looking to receive GI status from the EU. DAN RILEY

Four Cambodian products could join Kampot pepper in receiving geographical indication (GI) status from the EU, the Ministry of Commerce revealed on Tuesday.

Kampot salt, Kampot durian, Phnom Srok silk of Banteay Meanchey province, and fragrant milled rice from Battambang province are having their GI registration followed up by the Ministry, according to its secretary of state Tekreth Kamrang, who noted that Kampong Speu palm sugar is also being considered along with several other products.

“As part of this procedure, we are studying their market potential in the EU,” Kamrang told journalists at a press conference on Tuesday.

At the same press conference, EU ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar hailed Kampot pepper as “a success story when it comes to the preservation of Cambodian heritage and also as a much-needed source of income for Cambodian farmers and traders”.

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