Dhaka, Jun 18 (UNB) – Visiting UAE Minister of State for Food Security Mariam Al Mehairi on Tuesday said her country is keen to import safe and halal meat and fish from Bangladesh.
She expressed the interest during a meeting with State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru.
A UAE delegation, led by Mariam, met Khasru at his office, said an official release.
During the meeting, the state minister informed the UAE junior minister about Bangladesh’s huge development in producing fish and livestock, including cow, buffalo and goat, and self-sufficiency in this regard.
He also offered her to import cattle meat and fish from Bangladesh.
Mariam wanted to know whether the fish and cattle meat produced by Bangladesh would be safe and halal for import by her country.
In reply, the State Minister assured her that meat and fish produced by Bangladesh are safe and halal.
He also informed her that Bangladesh got no objection certificate from the European Union for exporting fish.
The junior ministers also discussed some other issues relating to mutual interests of the two friendly nations.
Meanwhile, in another meeting with Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Mariam said her country wants to use Bangladesh’s experience in ensuring food security and food autarky.
During the meeting at Razzaque’s office, the UAE junior minister highly appreciated Bangladesh for achieving food sufficiency and food security.
She also expressed her country’s interests in setting up a food processing factory in Bangladesh.
Mariam also said the UAE wants to help Bangladesh in developing infrastructure and the agriculture sector.
She said her government will encourage their private institutions to invest in Bangladesh’s agriculture sector.
The UAE junior minister also assured that her country will assist Bangladesh in using its agriculture potentials.
The Agriculture Minister informed Mariam about Bangladesh’s advancement in the sector, and shared the country’s experience in ensuring food security.