In order to avoid any possible ban from the foreign market, the government of Bangladesh has decided to impose a ban on the vegetable export to the European market. The government has been receiving complaints about the quality of exported vegetables and fruits from the last few years and the decision has been taken to avert possible ban from the foreign authorities.
While speaking on the issue, officials from the Agriculture Ministry and Commerce Ministry said that the local growers, who are working under contract farming will be allowed to export their vegetables and fruits to the European market. They added that local growers under contract farming scheme maintain the required quality and standard of their products.
The officials stressed that the government has decided to take the action after getting reports that local farmers are exporting vegetables with fake phytosanitary certificates. They added that such practices invited the woes for them. On the other hand, contract farmers reap vegetables and fruits under different conditions that always meet the agreed quality and standard. The agreements of contract farming are signed between the buyers and farmers.
While speaking on the issue, Commerce Secretary Subhashish Bose said that the government wants to export only quality products and it does not want to see the end of the opportunity of exporting country’s vegetables and fruits to foreign countries at any cost. The government does not want to face this for a handful of people who are producing products with problems.
Likewise, Hazizur Rahman, the deputy director of Plant Quarantine Station at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said that the government has taken this step to avert the future consequences, as the EU earlier alerted Bangladesh over the quality and standard of its products like vegetables and fruits. However, he added that no ban has been imposed for exporting fruits and vegetables to other countries.