Pakistan and India are battling against one another as the latter has applied for an exclusive trademark, which will grant it the sole ownership of basmati rice title in the European Union.
These arch-rivals are the only two exporters of basmati rice across the globe. However, this move by India has put Pakistan in a difficult place as it could affect latter’s major exports.
Pakistan promptly opposed the trademark application from the European Commission, since it can’t afford to lose a major chunk of its exports.
It’s been three years since Pakistan expanded its exports to the European Union, as India had a hard time meeting stricter European pesticide standards.
It now fills two-thirds of the region’s approximately 300,000-tonne annual demand, according to the European Commission, AlJazeera reported.
Attaining a trademark Protected Designation of Origin (PGI) means you get “property rights for products linked to a geographic area where at least one stage of production, processing, or preparation takes place.”
Products with PGI tags are guarded against imitation and misuse in countries bound by the protection agreement, and it also helps them sell their products at higher prices.
As per EU rules, the two countries must try to negotiate an amicable resolution by September, after India asked for a three-month extension, a spokesman for the European Commission told AFP.
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