State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Saturday said some 400 tonnes of mangoes will be exported this year as the government has been providing incentives to the farmers, reports UNB.
"The government has been providing fertilizer delivered to the doors of the farmers free of cost aiming to encourage them into farming," the junior minister said while addressing a fertilizer and seeds distribution programme in Bagha upazila of Rajshahi distirct as the chief guest.
Shahriar said farmers earlier sold unripe mangoes by using formalin on those.
However, in last two years, the farmers could not do that and as a result the country sold 26 tonnes of mangoes that were exported to overseas countries last year, said Shahriar.
Mentioning that during the tenure of BNP government the farmers had to sacrifice their lives for fertilizer, Shahriar said that Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food production under the leadership of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh has exported 25,000 tonnes of food to Tripura state in India while Sri Lanka showed their interest to import food from our country, he added.
Earlier, the State Minister distributed 40 kg of fertilizer and 15 kg of seeds of two varieties of rice each among 120 farmers.