Dak Nong receives geographical indication for locally grown pepper hinh anh 1A representative of the National Office of Intellectual Property hands over the certificate of the Dak Nong geographical indication for pepper to a Dak Nongg province representative.(Photo: VNA)
Dak Nong (VNS/VNA) - The Central Highlands province of Dak Nong has been granted Dak Nong geographical indication for pepper.

It is the first time the province has received a geographical indication for an agricultural product.

The Dak Nong geographical indication for pepper is for black, red and white pepper planted in the province.

The province’s Department of Science and Technology is in charge of managing the geographical indication, which was granted by the National Office of Intellectual Property.

Dak Nong has a high yield of pepper as its soil, rainfall and temperature are suitable, according to its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Because of the bazan soil, the pepper has a higher mineral content than pepper grown in other provinces. The pepper is in high demand at home and abroad as many pepper growing areas are planted under clean and safety standards.

The province is currently developing intensive farming with organic standards.

The province’s total pepper growing area increased from 550ha in 2002 to more than 60,000ha with an annual output of 60,000 tonnes, up 7,000ha against the province’s target of pepper growing area set for 2030, according to the department.

The province has two high-tech pepper growing areas covering a total area of more than 1,500ha in Dak Song district’s Thuan Ha and Thuan Hanh communes.

Speaking at a ceremony to receive the Dak Nong geographical indication on November 30, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Trong Yen said the province would create favourable conditions for processors and companies who use the geographical indication.

A total of 16 pepper producers in the province have been allocated the right to use the Dak Nong geographical indication for their pepper./.