Russia wants to import mango
Russia has expressed interest to buy mangoes from Bangladesh, said the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday.
Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy, Russia's ambassador in Dhaka, expressed the interest during a meeting with Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque at the latter's office in Bangladesh Secretariat, according to a press release.
Mantytskiy said mangoes grown in Bangladesh were very tasty and of high quality. "There is huge potential for mango exports to Russia. Russia is interested in taking mangoes," he added.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), 25 lakh tonnes of mangoes were produced on two lakh hectares of land this season. Bangladesh is the world's seventh-largest mango-producing nation.
Last season, 24.68 lakh tonnes were grown on 1.9 lakh hectares of land in the country. Exporters shipped 791 tonnes in fiscal
Meanwhile, the agriculture minister said Bangladesh wants to import diammonium phosphate and potassium fertilisers from Russia on a government-to-government (G2G) basis.
"We want to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard," he added.
Razzaque said farmers were being encouraged to use diammonium phosphate fertiliser.
The present government has reduced the price of diammonium phosphate fertiliser from Tk 90 to Tk 18 per kilogramme and as a result its use was increasing day by day.
Bangladesh has been importing muriate of potash fertiliser from Russia on a G2G basis since 2013 under an MoU.
Besides, the agriculture minister requested Russia to reconsider and resume import of potatoes from Bangladesh.
He said the Bangladesh government has taken many steps to treat potatoes with bactericidal and maintain health safety.
Russia imposed a ban on importing potatoes from Bangladesh since 2014 due to the presence of brown rot disease.
"Many high-quality potatoes are being produced in the country now. Russia may resume potato imports," he said.
The Russian ambassador said they would take necessary steps to begin importing potatoes.