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Govt Plan to Establish National Plant Quarantine Authority

Industry: Agriculture & Livestock, Agro

Bangladesh plans to establish a National Plant Quarantine Authority to enhance agricultural exports, aligning with WTO’s SPS Agreement. Currently, it exports to 144 countries. In FY 2021-22, exports generated $1.16 billion, up by 13.04%, but decreased to $840 million in FY 2022-23. Notably, FY 2020-21 saw exports exceeding $1 billion for the first time. The authority aims to regulate import and export activities, ensuring compliance with international agreements and phytosanitary standards. It will supervise consignments, inspect plants and products, issue certificates, and prevent pest outbreaks. This initiative underscores Bangladesh’s commitment to sustaining and expanding its agricultural trade.

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