Bangladesh exploring markets for rice export: Quamrul

21.11.2016

Food Minister Quamrul Islam said on Sunday Bangladesh is now exploring markets abroad to export its rice since the country has already achieved food autarky, reports UNB.

"We've already achieved sufficiency in food grains production. Bangladesh exports rice to Sri Lanka. And now it is looking for more markets abroad," he told the 2nd World Grain Forum-2016 on Saturday, according to a message received here on Sunday. The two-day World Grain Forum began in Sochi, a Russian city on the Black Sea, on Friday.

Addressing the meeting, Quamrul said Bangladesh has achieved a marked progress in fighting poverty and hunger, and it continues a steady growth of GDP (gross domestic product) with more than 7 percent in recent years.

He said the country's food production increased by three times in the last three decades and now it has been able to ensure its food security. "In case of any emergency, we have the capacity to ensure food to our all people without any support from abroad," the Food Minister said.

The forum was attended by about 2,500 delegates, including representatives of Russian and foreign agribusiness companies, industrial unions and associations, official foreign delegations from more than 50 countries, heads of international organisations and financial institutions, and foreign scientists and analysts.


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