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