Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque attended the program held at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) where the ministry came up with the roadmap to identify the roadblocks and suggesting action plans so that Bangladesh can earn at least $2 billion from agriproduct exports by FY 2022-23.
At present, the annual export earning of agriculture is still as low as $1 billion, which is less than 3 percent of the country’s total export volume.
Agriproducts’ contribution to total national export earnings has more than tripled over the past 12 years from just 0.78 per cent in 2008-09 to 2.87 per cent in 2020-21, according to statistics from the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
Introduction of good agricultural practice (GAP) from next month in contract farming to gate pass sanitary and phytosanitary requirements in export markets, arranging dedicated space, entry-point and scanners for exportable agriproducts at Dhaka airport’s cargo village, keeping at least one-fifth of airplanes’ cargo space reserved for agriproducts, reducing air cargo fares and make those competitive, and establishment of a dedicated cold storage- etc were includes at the roadmaps.
If these recommendations are implemented, the BADC said, it will be possible to earn an estimated $1.634 billion in the fiscal 2021-22 and $2 billion in 2022-23 through exports of vegetables, potatoes, fruits and processed agricultural products.