Russia wants to import mangoes from Bangladesh

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Russian Ambassador to Dhaka Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy met Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Abdur Razzaque at the secretariat in Dhaka on August 18. Photo: Collected

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Russian Ambassador to Dhaka Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy met Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Abdur Razzaque at the secretariat in Dhaka on August 18. Photo: Collected

Russia has expressed interest in buying mangoes from Bangladesh, the Agriculture Ministry said today.

Russian Ambassador to Dhaka Alexander Vikentyevich Mantytskiy expressed interest during a meeting with Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque at the latter’s office at the Secretariat, the ministry said in a statement.

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At the meeting, Mantitsky said that Bangladesh mangoes are very tasty and of high quality.

“There is a huge potential for exporting mangoes to Russia. Russia is interested in taking mangoes,” he said.

According to the Agricultural Extension Department (DAE), 25 lakh tonnes of mangoes were produced on two lakh hectares of land this season in Bangladesh, the seventh largest mango producing country in the world.

Last season, 24.68 lakh tonnes of mangoes were grown on 1.9 lakh hectares of land.

Exporters shipped 791 tonnes of mango in fiscal year 2020-2021.

Meanwhile, the agriculture minister said Bangladesh is keen to import diammonium phosphate (DAP) and potassium fertilizers from Russia on a government-to-government basis.

He said farmers across the country are encouraged to use DAP fertilizer.

The use of DAP fertilizer is increasing day by day in Bangladesh as the current government has reduced its price from Tk 90 to Tk 18 per kg, he said.

“We want to import DAP and potassium from Russia and sign a memorandum of understanding in this regard.”

Bangladesh has been importing MOP fertilizers from Russia on G2G basis since 2013 and there is a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries in this regard.

In addition, the Minister of Agriculture has asked to reconsider the importation of potatoes from Bangladesh to Russia.

He said the government of Bangladesh has taken many steps to make the potatoes bactericidal and safe.

“Many high-quality potatoes are currently being produced in the country. Russia may resume potato imports,” he said.

Meanwhile, Russia has banned the export of potatoes from Bangladesh since 2014 due to the presence of brown rot in potatoes.

The Russian ambassador, however, said they would take the necessary steps to import potatoes.

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