Bangladesh food

Bangladesh to sign MoU with UK Food Standards Agency


Bangladesh will sign an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) to increase exports of agricultural products to European countries.

Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque, who is currently in the UK, discussed the issue during the meeting with a delegation from the Food Standards Agency, according to a press release from the department on Tuesday.

As part of the MoU with the UK-based organization, the ministry will take the initiative to increase the volume of agricultural products in European countries.

Once the agreement is signed, Bangladesh will take initiatives to set up an advanced testing laboratory, phytosanitary certification to meet the phytosanitary requirements for the export of agricultural products and their improvement, the ministry added.

Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque said: “We are working to set up a world-class laboratory to facilitate the issuance of phytosanitary certification for the country’s agricultural products. The UK has such a capacity in the industry and we want to get that assistive technology from them. ”

Among others, Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser of the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Selvarani Elahi, Deputy Chemist for the UK Government, were present at the meeting.

The FSA delegation informed that grants could be obtained from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the development of laboratory systems. They also said they would consider whether the issue could be covered by continued UK AID funding.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to London Sayeeda Muna Tasneem said initiatives would be taken to include laboratory and phytosanitary certification issues to be included in the Bangladesh-UK trade and investment agreement. , which is currently at the negotiation level.

Recently, European Union (EU) countries lifted the ban on importing betel leaves from Bangladesh after more than seven years. But the UK has not lifted the ban on this crop.

On the matter, the British delegation said that a bill concerning the ban is under consideration in the parliaments of England, Wales and Scotland.

In a meeting with leaders of the Anglo-Bangladeshi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BBCCI) at the Bangladesh Embassy, ​​Agriculture Minister Md Abdur Razzaque urged expatriate British businessmen to invest in the commercial production of agricultural products and the processing of such products in Bangladesh. .

However, business leaders reported various issues including high price of air freight, digitization issue, cold storage issue in Cargo Village for exporting agricultural products from Bangladesh.

They also called for the production, processing and certification of crops in accordance with Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

A Bangladeshi delegation led by the minister is currently visiting agricultural exchange companies, research centers, accreditation labs, post-collection technology, etc. in the United Kingdom to increase exports of agricultural products to the European market.