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Govt craves world heritage status for Thai sea salt 

Apr 22. 2020
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By The Nation

The government is preparing to propose Thai sea salt for inclusion on the United Nations’ global heritage list. 

The move comes after the Thai Sea Salt Development Committee urged the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to offer up the unique product to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation for registration. 

Alongkorn Ponlaboot (Centre)

Alongkorn Ponlaboot, adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said on Wednesday (April 22) that the ministry had assigned its Foreign Agricultural Relations Division to collaborate with the Agritech and Innovation Centre of Phetchaburi Rajabhat University to promote Thai sea salt for registration as world heritage.

“Thai sea salt has been considered as Thai heritage for over 900 years,” Alongkorn said. “It has been part of our way of life, ecology, culture, trade and agriculture since the Greek and Roman periods.”

He added that Thailand had been producing sea salt since at least the Sukhothai period (AD1238-1438) and that it had always been an important export product.

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