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Razzaque for fast execution of GAP policy

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque laid emphasis on quick implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) policy throughout Bangladesh.

He said this will boost export of the country’s agricultural products.

“The government has already taken many steps to increase the export of agricultural products. GAP policy is one of them,” said the minister while speaking at a meeting of the steering committee for the implementation of the policy on Sunday.

He said officials, farmers, exporters and other stakeholders need to be involved and trained to implement the policy. 

Pilot or experimental implementation work has to be started on a priority basis in the areas from which vegetables and fruits are most likely to be exported, the minister emphasized.

The GAP standards for agricultural production and post harvest management will be developed and disseminated to promote quality of produce, ensure phyto-sanitary standards and less traceability for domestic and export consumption market.

GAP is a collection of principles to apply for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and healthy food and non-food agriculture products, while taking into account economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Stressing the need for implementation of GAP policy, Agriculture Secretary Saidul Islam, who presided over the meeting, said that to make agriculture profitable, agricultural products have to be export-oriented.

“GAP must be complied with to enter the international market for agricultural products. With this in mind, we are working hard to implement this policy. Implementation work is in progress,” he said.

In the meeting, the officials concerned highlighted the progress of implementation of the policy. Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) has been nominated as a scheme owner for the implementation of the policy.  

A steering committee, technical committee and certification committee consisting of various stakeholders have been formed to manage the GAP policy.

Additional Secretary of Agriculture Abdur Rauf, BARC Chairman Shaikh Mohammad Bokhtiar and Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Director General Benojir Alam, among others, were present in the meeting.