Govt to export 3 lakh tonnes of rice to Philippines

Staff Correspondent

17 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Agriculture Minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Sunday said the country is in a position to export 2-3 lakh metric tonnes of rice to the Philippines.

The minister said this while speaking at a seminar titled “Planned fruit production will provide nutrition” at the auditorium of Krishibid Institute Bangladesh at Farmgate marking “Fortnightly Fruit Tree Plantation and National Fruit Fair 2019”.

The minister said Bangladesh is not only self-sufficient in food production but also it is making a surplus in food production. Safe food is the order of the day. Fruit can play a great role in ensuring nutrition for people in the country.

Money is not a problem for agriculture, he said, adding that Tk9,000 crore subsidy has already been given, and if required, more subsidy will follow suit, and the price of fertilizer will also come down.

“We will do everything we can for the development of the country’s agriculture. We are giving 20 percent incentive to export agricultural produce,” he said.

Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture M Nasiruzzaman presided over the seminar while Abdul Mannan, member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Ministry of Agriculture, Shykh Seraj Channel i Director and News Editor and others spoke at the seminar.

Earlier, the minister inaugurated the three-day national fruit fair on the premises of AKM Giasuddin Milky Auditorium at Farmgate in Dhaka.

The government has been organizing fruit fair every year with the objective of encouraging the production and consumption of various seasonal fruits in Bangladesh.

The fair remains open from 9:00am to 8:00pm every day and will continue till June 18.

Different stalls of the government and private organisations have been set up on the fairground displaying fruits from across the country.

Apart from the fruit fair, a two-week-long exhibition on plantation of fruits tree began yesterday.

“Planned fruit production will provide nutrition” is the theme of this year’s fruit tree plantation programme.