13 December 2011, Tuesday, 14:03

Bangladesh will buy two million tons of grain in Russia

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov

Republic of Bangladesh intends to buy about two million tons of wheat in Russia and Bashkortostan is considered as the main purveyor, the secretary for foods problems and emergency situations of Bangladesh Barun Dev Mitra reported, talking to journalists in Ufa. The problem concerning possible grain deliveries from Bashkiria for Bangladesh was under discussion, in particular, during the meetings of Bangladesh delegation with the Government RB and the President RB Rustem Khamitov.

The secretary has explained that the problem of shortage of foods is quite urgent for his country, though agricultural production goes up every year.

“Our population is about 160 million people” — he said — “In 1970s we cultivated 10 million tons of grain, Now we cultivate more than 33 million tons but still face the shortage of grain. The main reason is various natural cataclysms because of which we loose a part of our harvest every year”.

As Barun Dev Mitra said, the grain will be delivered from Russia for Bangladesh within the frames of special inter-governmental agreement. The corresponding agreement was reached during the meeting of the Prime-Minister of Russian Vladimir Putin with the Prime-Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Khasina. At present time business companies in Bangladesh import about two million tons of grain from different countries every year and if international cooperation between Russia and Bangladesh is activated in this sphere, Bangladesh business can regard Bashkiria as a promising partner.

“We in our turn can deliver fish, sea products, tea, honey and jute for Russia and for Bashkiria in particular. Besides, there are many other interesting spheres for cooperation. For example, our delegation has visited the Bashkir State Agrarian University and we believe that the inter-institute exchange with students can become mutually beneficial. The prospects in the religious sphere are evident too, because the overwhelming part of our population preaches Islam and many Muslims live on the territory of your Republic too” — Barun Dev Mitra said.