Netherlands will provide assistance for the development of accreditation labs and issuance of phytosanitary certificates in Bangladesh to increase the export of agricultural products, said Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Tuesday.
The Netherlands will work with the Ministry of Agriculture in Bangladesh. This will create huge potential for agricultural exports to the Netherlands, the minister stated.
Agriculture Minister said, “There has been unimaginable success in agricultural production in Bangladesh. We have many surplus crops. But Bangladesh is lagging behind in export and processing.”
“Although we have enough money, we need technical and knowledge exchange cooperation. So we seek the cooperation of the Netherlands,” the minister stated.
During the meeting, all members of the Dutch delegation will work together to remove barriers to Bangladesh's agricultural exports to the Netherlands.
They also promised to co-operate in preparing the necessary documents for export.
They also informed that relations between the two countries will be strengthened and cooperation will be strengthened in seed production and transportation and in agricultural processing.
The Bangladesh delegation includes Director General of Agriculture Marketing Department Mohammad Yusuf, Chairman and CEO of Pran RFL Group Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Managing Director and CEO of ACI Agro Link FH Ansari, Chief Operating Officer of Square Food and Beverage Parvez Saiful Islam, Director of Jamcon Group Kazi Inam Ahmed, Chairman of Meghna Group of Industries Md Mostafa Kamal and President of Bangladesh Fruits, Vegetable and Allied Products Exporters Association Jahangir Hossain were present.
A 15-member delegation led by Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque left Dhaka for the Netherlands on an official visit to increase exports of agricultural products in the European market on Monday. Later, the delegation team, comprising government officials and top officials of private companies, will visit the UK on November 13.
The delegation is scheduled to return to the country on November 18.
During the visit, they will hold discussions with heads of various government departments and agencies as well as leading private businesses.
At the same time, the minister will visit agricultural exchange firms, research centres, accreditation labs, post-collection technology, etc. and exchange experiences to increase the processing of agricultural products in the country.
The delegation includes officials of the ministry as well as representatives of the country's leading agricultural exporters and food processing companies.