Increase farm production to help cut prices: FBCCI president

The apex trade body teams up with BTF project

Published : 07 Nov 2022 08:45 PM

FBCCI president Jashim Uddin said that the agricultural production has to be increased to ensure availability of agro products at home and abroad at a lower price.

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President made the comments while addressing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Bangla­desh Trade Facilitation (BTF) project on Sunday at the Federation Bhaban, Matijheel in the capital.

FBCCI signed the MoU with USDA to explore the potential of exporting Bangladeshi agro products, fish and processed commodities in the global market. FBCCI President Jashim Uddin and BTF project director Michael J Parr signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.

In his speech, Md Jashim Uddin said that despite having huge potential, Bangladesh has failed to grab its share in the mainstream global agro and processed items market due to lack of international standard.

The MoU would help develop the regular cooperation between BTF and FBCCI, leading to the export and diversification of the agro products in Bangladesh, ensuring safety and quality of the imported food items, and playing an effective role in improving the institutions for commercialisation of agriculture. In his comment, Michael J Parr said that the MoU would play a role in increasing the export of Bangladeshi agro products in the global mainstream market through the exchange of agriculture related information.

Victoria Baker, International Programme Specialist of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, said that the MoU would strengthen the cooperation of BTF project with the private sector of Bangladesh and also help develop the agriculture sector. FBCCI Senior Vice-President Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu said that the MoU would facilitate local and international trade expansion of the Bangladeshi agro products along with setting up of testing facilities, warehouses and building capacity of the private sector agriculture institutions.