Masawa Agro Limited, an agro-processing and exporting company, has started exporting cabbages with the view to providing fair price to farmers.
Their initiative to provide fair prices to the farmers also include agricultural products- potato, sweet pumpkin, cabbage producing, processing and export, the supply of seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, said a press release.According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, the country is producing an average of about 8 million tonnes of potatoes against the demand of 4 million tonnes.
Although this is a good sign, our farmers, unfortunately, are not getting much benefit from it.
Masawa Agro Limited Managing Director Arif Azad said, “We have been exporting potatoes, sweet pumpkins, and cabbage to various countries including Malaysia, Singapore, UAE since 2016."
"Till now we have exported 93 containers weighing 1860 tonnes of cabbage. Another 20 containers weighing 400 tonnes of cabbage are in the process of export," he added.
Last year, we exported about 12,000 tonnes of potatoes and we hope to export another 15,000 tonnes of potatoes this year, Arif Azad added.
“Exports were being hampered due to lack of adequate pre-cooling system and long delay in transportation of goods. If proper measures are taken in this regard, it is possible to increase the exports manifold” he suggested.Potatoes, sweet pumpkins and cabbages were collected from grassroots farmers in remote areas of Bogra, Joypurhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts of North Bengal.