Denmark to assist Bangladesh improve agricultural products quality

Published : 25 Jan 2022 09:49 PM

Denmark will assist Bangladesh in improving the quality of agricultural products and food and ensuring safe food. Denmark will also take initiative to invest in the processing of agricultural products in Bangladesh.

Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Winnie Estrup Petersen spoke about such cooperation during a meeting with agriculture minister Dr. Abdur Razzque at his secretariat office in the capital on Tuesday.

Highlighting the unimaginable success of agricultural production in Bangladesh, the Minister said, “Bangladesh lags behind in export and processing. The country has a lot of potential for export and processing of mango, pineapple, banana, tomato, potato and vegetables. This requires Danish investment and advanced technical assistance. Denmark also needs cooperation in food production in compliance with the Good Agricultural Practices. 

He also sought the cooperation of Denmark in constructing a modern packing house and setting up a state-of-the-art testing lab on two acres of land in Purbachal.

The Ambassador of Denmark, Winnie Ostrap Petersen, assured Bangladesh of cooperation in the field of agriculture. She said, “Denmark would assist in the quality development and agribusiness of Bangladesh’s agricultural products. Initiatives will be taken to send investment and trade missions to Denmark if the situation improves.”

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues related to mutual cooperation in agriculture, dairy, safe food, reduction of food waste, development of food value chain and lab. The two countries also agreed to set up a working group to identify areas for cooperation in the agricultural sector.

Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Md. Saidul Islam, Additional Secretary Md. Ruhul Amin Talukder, Deputy Secretary SM Imrul Hasan, Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of Denmark in Dhaka Ali Mustaq Butt were present during the meeting.