A three-day National Vegetables Fair-2018 began in the capital on Sunday aiming to ensure safe vegetables production, sound health and nutrition for consumers.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the fair at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) at Farmgate as the chief guest while it was attended by Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury as the special guest.
While speaking, the shipping minister said: “Once vegetable was available at a certain season, but now farmers cultivate vegetables round the year and vegetables are also exported abroad.”
“Vegetables have been commercialised due to its financial benefit,” he said, adding that now we have to produce safe vegetables without using insecticides.
“Rooftop gardening gains popularity in the urban areas, purifying the atmosphere,” he said. “Now, we have to increase women’s participation in vegetables farming”.
Speaking as a special guest Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said: “We are now getting vegetables round the year following introduction of hybrid vegetables.”
“We import potato starch from foreign countries,” the minister said.“Now, we shall have to strive to make potato starch in the country through research.”
“We have already achieved recognition as world heritage by pursuing floating vegetables cultivation and it will spread around the globe soon,” she said.
The senior secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Md Moinuddin Abdullah, presided over the opening ceremony.
The Ministry of Agriculture organised the fair with the theme ‘Sara Bachhar Sabji Chashe, Pushti Swasthya Artho Ashe.’
One hundred and four different verities of vegetables were on display at the fair. A total of 80 stalls and four pavilions were set up there. The fair will remain open for all from 9:00am to 8:00pm.
Bangladesh produces 156 types of vegetables while annually Bangladesh produced 1.52 crore tonnes of vegetables (2015-2016), the third largest in the world.