Good news to honey farmers
Published: 09:23 PM, 17 February 2020 Updated: 11:50 AM, 18 February 2020
Agriculture Minister Dr. Md Abdur Razzak said that we are exporting honey to Japan. This year, we received an order for 400 metric tons of honey and it is good news for us, he added.
He added that honey is a new addition to the modernization and commercialization of agriculture, which will assist in our export diversification. Earlier, honey was produced on a limited scale but now commercially, its production has been started.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day Bee fair (Jatiya Mou Mela-2020) held at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Farmgate in the capital on Monday.
On the occasion of the fair, a seminar on 'Bees for nutrition security and economic prosperity' was held at the BARC Auditorium.
The agriculture minister said, "We have achieved remarkable success in agriculture. We are self-sufficient in granular food, and we have a surplus in potatoes. We are remaindered in many crops like this.
He said that we have to produce such agricultural products which have high market value. Honey is also likely to be exported abroad. If we can guarantee, in our honey, there is nothing harmful to health, and it is produced in modern ways - then it can be exported abroad.
Dr. Razzaq said that those of us involved in honey production are now producing honey with many new technologies. In addition, foreigners are producing and processing honey through many technologies. The present government's electoral mission was to ensure nutritious and safe food. Honey is a unique diet to ensure nutritional needs. There is potential for beekeeping, development and expansion in agriculture-based Bangladesh.
He said that extension of mango cultivation plays an important role in fulfilling nutritional needs as well as increasing the production of fruits and crops through pollination. Mow farming in crop fields provides additional income for the farmer. The use, processing and marketing of technology are essential to ensure sustainable production of native assets. It is possible to earn foreign currency through export of valuable local resources and honey after meeting local demand. The potentiality for agriculture is very high. Facing the challenges of agriculture and export diversification, Mujib Barsho will be a year of prosperity.
Director General of the Department of Agriculture Extension Dr. Md. Abdul Muyeed presided over the cremony where Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Agriculture Secretary Md. Nasiruzzaman and BARC executive chairman Sheikh Mohammed Bakhtiar were present as special guests.
The Ministry of Agriculture organized the fair for the fourth time. This year, a total of 74 stalls have been set up with six government stalls. The fair will be open for the public from 9am to 9pm everyday.