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Govt to provide support to boost potato export

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt to provide support to boost potato export
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque exchanges views with the delegation of Bangladesh Potato Exporters Association (BPEA) at the secretariat in the capital on Thursday.

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The government will provide all out support to ramp up potato exports from the country, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said on Thursday.

"We are putting efforts to make bigger the potato market abroad. A draft roadmap has already been prepared to enhance potato export. Efforts are underway to address the existing problems in the field of exports," the minister added.

The minister said this while exchanging views with a delegation of Bangladesh Potato Exporters Association (BPEA) at the secretariat in the capital on Thursday.

 The agriculture minister said that the country currently produces more than 10 million tonnes of potatoes a year, but lack of good varieties of potatoes has been a major obstacle to potato exports.

Many improved varieties have already been brought from abroad. Although the release of potato varieties used to require registration, we have made it open, he added.

As a result, the private sector has also come up with some improved varieties, which has increased capacity, productivity and quality, he stated.

Work is underway to rapidly expand these exportable varieties at the field level and popularise them to the farmers, the minister said.

Director General of Department of Agricultural Marketing Mohammed Yousuf, BPEA president Sheikh Abdul Quader, member secretary Zakir Hossain, organising secretary Kazi Mahabub Morshed and Executive Members Sufian Ahmed, Ziaul Haque and Rashed Ahmed were also present on the occasion.

The delegation put forward some proposals including rapid expansion and popularisation of exportable varieties to farmers, financial assistance to the association for research, proper implementation of roadmap prepared by the ministry of agriculture, construction of infrastructure including plug-in centres to maintain cool chain in potato transport, use of containers outside customs houses, testing of containers, loading to increase potato exports.

The delegation has demanded immediate action for re-export of potatoes to Russia, Indonesia and Vietnam.