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Russia keen to import Bangladeshi mangoes

Russia keen to import Bangladeshi mangoes
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque exchanges views with Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy at the former’s office in the capital on Wednesday.

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Russian ambassador in Dhaka said his country would like to import mango from Bangladesh.

Ambassador Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy expressed the interest during a courtesy call with Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaqur at the latter’s office in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Abdur Razzaqur said, “We have a lot of bilateral trade with Russia at this moment. That's a lot more, more than two billion dollars. Russia is very important for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Bangladesh.”

“He (the ambassador) tested Bangladeshi mango few days ago and found very tasty,” the minister added. “There is a huge market of mango in Russia. Bangladesh can put importance on this,” Razzaque said.

About wheat import from Russia, he said, "We don't produce much wheat in our country as our climate is not suitable for wheat production.”

“But now the boys and girls of new generation eat a lot of food made of wheat. So we import wheat from Russia.”

During the meeting, the minister showed interest to import DAP and Potassium fertilizer under G2G basis from Russia.

He said Bangladesh would like to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.

Chairman of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) Dr Amitav Sarker, member director Dr AKM Monirul Huq and deputy secretary at the agriculture ministry Sarifa Ahmed were also present during the meet.

DrRazzaque said the government was encouraging farmers to use DAP fertilizer.  “We have reduced the tariff on fertilizer for separate periods,” he said.

“The use of DAP has increased to 14 lakh tonnesnow from 7 lakh tonnesannually. We now have the opportunity to expand our trade with Russia,” he said.

Currently, the DAP fertilizer priceis selling at Tk 16 per kiliogram, coming down from Tk 90, he said.

“Due to fall of price, the usage of the fertilizer is rising day by day,”the minister said.

“That’s why we are interested to import DAP and potassium from Russia,” he argued.

Bangladesh has been importing MOP fertilizer from Russia under G-2-G basis since 2013, Razzaquesaid. 

He requested Russia to resume potato import from Bangladesh. “Bangladesh has taken a series of initiative to produce bacteria free and quality potatoes,” the minister said. The Russian government has suspended potato import from Bangladesh in 2014.  Russian ambassador assured the minister of taking initiatives in this regard.

Dr Razzaque said, “Russia is ourgenuine friend. I thank our Russian friends as they contributed a lot during our liberation war.”