The Ministry of Commerce has launched the registration of Mondulkiri Wild Honey under the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) which provides intellectual property protection for the Mondulkiri Provincial Wild Bee Conservation.
Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak said the government sought assistance through collaboration between the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and partners to further protect the Mondulkiri Wild Honey.
The event was attended by  representatives from other countries, national and international development partners and members of the PGI Association in Mondulkiri province.
Secretary of State for the Ministry of Environment Neth Pheaktra said the recognition of Mondulkiri wild honey under the PGI adds value to the product and it is an important contribution to support the livelihoods of the protected area community.
He said this product will significantly contribute to strengthening the local economy of the community by creating jobs for the people living there and provide additional income for the families, as it encourages them to continue to participate in the conservation of forest resources.
“Mondulkiri wild honey costs about $20 to $30 per litre. Each year, about 100 to 300 tonnes of wild honey is harvested. Harvesting and production of the honey is carried out by 11 communities in Mondulkiri province involving more than 2,000 family members,” he said.
Director of the Intellectual Property Department at Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce Soun Vichea said the registration of the honey will stop fake production on the local and international markets.
He said the registration will improve the quality and packaging, promote branding and help with the preservation of protected forests and also to create jobs and improve the living standard of the local farmers,” Vichea said.
PGI is a status awarded by both the European Commission and the UK Government that protects and promotes named regional food products that have a reputation or noted characteristics specific to that area.
The registration of Mondulkiri Wild Honey is to prevent counterfeiting of the product in the national and international markets, preserve the traditional knowledge, skills and talents of farmers and communities in Mondulkiri province and also to promote the tourism sector and improve the livelihoods of local farmers.
According to the Ministry Environment, one community can collect up to 50 tonnes of honey a year and together with all other communities in the province, they can get about 150 tonnes to 200 tonnes of honey per year.
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