Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzak has called upon the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to enhance its cooperation in the development of agriculture in Bangladesh through innovation of technology and ideas.
He made the statement while addressing the 7th meeting of the CGIAR Advisory Committee at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (Barc) auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Md Abdur Razzak further said, "Although Bangladesh has achieved success in agricultural development and food production, there are many challenges ahead to maintain food security. In order to meet this challenge and adapt to the world situation, Bangladesh needs to focus on new research."
"In the field of research, CGIAR can assist Bangladesh with research expansion, new projects and programs," he added.
CGIAR is a joint platform of 15 global organisations working in agricultural research, development and policy formulation. Of the 15 companies, Irri, Cimmyt, Worldfish, Ifpri, Ciat, and Cip work in Bangladesh.
These international organisations are currently implementing 47 projects and programs in the country. Barc's executive chairman plays the role of this committee's chairman.
The agriculture minister called on WorldFish to increase research and cooperate in controlling fish diseases in Bangladesh, as well as protect Bangladesh's native fish from extinction.
He also said, "Potatoes are being harvested widely in Bangladesh, but given less importance in exports and processing. We usually buy potato chips at a high price. If we can increase the processing of potatoes, then the farmers will focus on more production."