Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque on Saturday said the government is working with utmost importance to remove the existing barriers in the export of fruits and vegetables to developed countries including Europe.
“We want to export agricultural products not only in the Middle East but also in the main markets of developed countries including Europe and Japan,” the minister said while speaking at a view exchange meeting at Shahjalal International Airport in the city as the chief guest after inspecting the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC)’s cold storage facility, reports BSS.He said that necessary work has already started to implement the Policy of Good Agricultural Practices GAP) in the country to remove export barriers. “The country did not have an accredited lab of international standard, we have set it up. From there the certification is being provided. Work is underway to set up a vacuum heat treatment plant for mango export,” he continued.
The country’s exports are mainly dependent on garments, he said, adding that the exports need to be diversified.
“Aiming to do that, we have to increase the export of agricultural products. There is a lot of potential for export of agricultural products,” he said.
The capacity of BADC’s cold storage at the airport for export of agricultural products will be further enhanced, the minister said.
With BADC Chairman Dr Amitabh Sarkar in the chair, the meeting was attended, among others, by, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali, Senior Secretary of Agriculture Ministry Md Mesbahul Islam, Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Mokammel Hossain, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal.