Bangladesh and Argentina have signed a memorandum of understanding for the first time for bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture. Agriculture Minister and Awami League presidium member Dr. signed the memorandum on behalf of Bangladesh. Md. Abdur Razzaq. The agreement was previously signed by Argentina’s Economic Minister Sergio Tomás Massa. Marcelo Carlos Sesa, Ambassador of Argentina to Dhaka, was present on his behalf.
This memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries in the conference room of the Ministry of Agriculture at the secretariat on Thursday morning. Agriculture Secretary Wahida Akhtar, BADC Chairman Abdullah Sajjad, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mahbubul Haque Patwari, Joint Secretary Dr. Md. Mahmudur Rahman and others were present. This information was informed in a press release signed by senior information officer of the ministry Kamrul Islam Bhuiyan.
Possible areas of cooperation under the MoU are climate smart technology, soil management, precision agriculture, irrigation management, prevention of post-harvest wastage, good agricultural practices or GAP, marketing of agricultural products and value chain development, etc.
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak said, ‘Through this memorandum of understanding, an opportunity has been created to go to another part of the world. We can go to the southern part of the world. Argentina is very rich in natural resources. So this is a new chapter in global level cooperation. Through this MoU, Bangladesh will get priority in smart agriculture technical support including import of wheat and soybeans. There is a spiritual relationship with the country through football, and that relationship will further enhance cooperation in the field of agriculture.’
Referring to Argentina’s advanced agriculture and agricultural technology, the Minister of Agriculture said, ‘We import wheat, soybeans and various livestock feed from the country. We import about 2 billion dollars worth of soybeans from abroad. Poultry protein depends on soybeans. Argentina is one of the leading soybean producing countries. As a result of the signing of this memorandum of understanding, we will be able to import wheat and soybeans from Argentina at a good price. Also there will be more agricultural trade with them. They will help to improve our agriculture. Besides, we will work together on various international issues including the climate crisis.
Abdur Razzak said, ‘We are going to compete in the global economy. We are surplus in many agricultural products. I strongly believe that in the coming days we will get Argentina’s cooperation in setting up an industry for processing surplus agricultural products. We will get Argentina’s help in the development of improved varieties of crops and biotechnology.
The Minister of Agriculture said that there is a plan to export potato chips to Argentina. He said, ‘Bangladesh can export mangoes and pineapples to Argentina. Agricultural processing can be exported to Argentina. Besides, the country’s assistance can be taken in the field of biotechnology, nano technology.’
Ambassador of Argentina Marcelo Carlos Sesa said, ‘There are many opportunities between the two countries in terms of cooperation in agriculture. Through the MoU, opportunities to work in those sectors increased.’