Call for “Geographical indication” to increase food exports!
Stating that a geographical indication is also a sign of the development of a country, Chairperson of the Geographical Indications Research Association (YÜCİDER) Professor Dr. Yavuz Tekelioğlu said, “In order to increase our food exports, we need to take the geographical indication seriously and solve the governance and control elements. So as to succeed, first of all, the Institute of Geographical Indications must be established.”
The guest of the Antalya Friends Platform chaired by journalist-author Erdoğan Kahya, retired academic member of Akdeniz University and Chaiperson of the Local Products and Geographical Indications Research Association (YÜCİDER) Professor Dr. Yavuz Tekelioğlu talked about the importance of the geographical indication that he has been fighting for 30 years.
Dr. Tekelioğlu said, “It is everyone’s duty to establish an ideal Geographical Indications system in order to protect our local products in Turkey, to support sustainable rural development by adding value to local products and to make efforts to protect cultural and biological diversity.”
There are 942 geographical indication registrations, 750 of which are in the agriculture and food sector…
Pointing out that Turkey has 942 registrations, 750 of which are in the agriculture and food sector, with the studies in recent years, Dr. Tekelioğlu explained, “Unfortunately, the application is not made by the producers. It is done by public institutions. However, these institutions do not have any support or supervision afterwards. When we got the indication, we would think it’s all over.”
“Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) took the indication for the Antalya Piyaz (Bean salad). They give the sign of the indication to the restaurants that sell piyaz. ATSO should also help these companies together with the Chamber of Restaurants, ensure their development and most importantly, supervise them,” Dr. Tekelioğlu added…