Af­ter Com­man­daria, kolokasi gets PDO, hal­loumi still wait­ing

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Af­ter the Com­man­daria sweet wine, that is pro­duced from grapes har­vested only in 13 Li­mas­sol vil­lages, the kolokasi, a veg­etable grown pri­mar­ily in the Sotira area, has se­cured Pro­tected Des­ig­na­tion of Ori­gin (PDO), as well as a Pro­tected Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tion (PGI) prod­uct la­bel from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

This is the third Cypriot prod­uct to win both PDO and PGI deigna­tion, fol­low­ing the re­cent ap­proval of the Paphos sausage and the Agros sweet rose.

Agri­cul­ture Minister Ni­cos Kouyialis said in a state­ment last week that the PDO/PGI des­ig­na­tion of a prod­uct cre­ates real growth con­di­tions for SMEs, new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and the im­prove­ment of the liv­ing con­di­tions in ru­ral ar­eas.

The gov­ern­ment’s plan to pro­tect ru­ral prod­ucts is be­ing im­ple­mented, the Minister noted.

“The two char­ac­ter­is­tics of the cul­ti­va­tion of kolokasi, that is its ex­cel­lent adapt­abil­ity to the soil and weather con­di­tions in the area and the tech­niques pro­duc­ers have de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented, were high­lighted in the ap­pli­ca­tion for kolokasi of Sotira to be des­ig­nated as a PDO,” Kouyialis pointed out, ac­cord­ing to the Cyprus News Agency.

Kolokasi is pro­duced in the district of Fa­m­a­gusta, and more par­tic­u­larly in the vil­lages of Sotira, Av­gorou, Fre­naros and Liopetri.

“Today’s reg­is­tra­tion is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant, as more and ef­fec­tive tools will be given to pro­duc­ers and bod­ies to fur­ther pro­mote and ad­ver­tise the prod­uct,” he added.

Other ‘na­tive’ prod­ucts, such as hal­loumi, the cured meats hi­romeri, posyrti, sausage and lountza of the Pit­silia area and Agros rose­wa­ter are also pend­ing PDO ap­proval.

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