Dhaka, May 1: Bangladesh has sent fine quality Banglamati rice, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to the United Arab Emirates by a cargo flight of Etihad Airlines, an official statement said here on Friday. The gifts include banglamati rice, developed by Bangladeshi Scientists, fresh watermelon, pineapple, Okra, potato, pointed gourd, cucumber etc. Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) provided Banglamati rice and the Ministry of Agriculture arranged fresh vegetables under the guidance of Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaq.
Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen mentioned Bangladesh's remarkable progress in the agriculture sector with surplus food production during his meeting with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE in January.
On a separate occasion, the chairman of the UAE Investment Authority Sheikh Hamad bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed his willingness to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to import rice from Bangladesh during his courtesy call in Abu Dhabi in January.
The gifts were primarily made from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the President, the Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Foreign Minister, the Minister of Human Resources and the Minister of State for Food Security of the United Arab Emirates.(UNI)