Govt to explore new market for rice export: Qamrul

Food Minister Advocate Qamrul Islam has said Bangladesh will explore new markets for rice export as country's food production for the last three decades has increased about three times.

"We have achieved self-sufficiency in rice production. Bangladesh is now exporting rice to Sri Lanka and looking for more new destinations," an official statement today quoted him as saying at the 2nd World Grain Forum -2016 in Russian border town of Sochi on Saturday.

Qamrul said ensuring food security for the people is one of an important goal of our government led by Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina.

The availability of food has ensured our food security, said the minister.

"Bangladesh is now quite capable to ensure food for the several crores of people during any disaster without seeking any assistance from abroad." Islam told the forum.

Advocate Qamrul Islam had a meeting with food minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Tkacsev. They discussed different bilateral issues including the food and agriculture.

On the invitation of the Russian Agriculture Minister, the food minister left here for Russia on Wednesday night to attend the 2nd World Grain Forum-2016 in Sochi.

Nearly 2,500 delegates, including representatives of Russian and foreign agribusiness companies, official foreign delegations from more than 50 countries, heads of international organisations and financial institutions, and foreign scientists and analysts attended the event.

Qamrul will be returning home by November 22.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)