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Bangladesh vegetable exporters may lose ME market to India

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  1. Black_cats

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    Bangladesh vegetable exporters may lose ME market to India
    Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:38, May 29,2020

    https://www.newagebd.net/article/107203/bangladesh-vegetable-exporters-may-lose-me-market-to-india


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    A file photo shows farmers stacking harvested potatoes in Munshiganj. The country’s vegetable exporters fear that they may lose the Middle East market to Indian exporters as the shipment of vegetables from Bangladesh has remained halted for more than two months due to lack of air communications amid the coronavirus pandemic. — New Age photo

    The country’s vegetable exporters fear that they may lose the Middle East market to Indian exporters as the shipment of vegetables from Bangladesh has remained halted for more than two months due to lack of air communications amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    They said that Bangladesh’s air communications with all other countries had remained suspended for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic but cargo flights between India and the Middle East countries had continued in the period.

    ‘India is taking the opportunity to grab the vegetable export market as the Middle East is searching for alternative sources of the products,’ Bangladesh Fruits, Vegetables and Allied Products Exporters Association general secretary Mohammad Monsur told New Age on Friday.

    He said that the government allowed vegetable exporters to make shipments to the Middle East through chartered flights but the exporters would be able to export a very low quantity of products as a very few chartered flights carrying expatriate Bangladeshis were coming to the country.

    According to Monsur, after two months of international flight suspension, Bangladeshi exporters on May 26 and 27 sent 11 tonnes of vegetables to the Middle East through two chartered flights of Kuwait Airways which came to Dhaka carrying expatriate Bangladeshis.

    He said that Bangladeshi exporters would deal with shipment issues on an ad hoc basis and they could not be able to retain the market with the limited number of consignments as India had already started exporting vegetables to the Middle East in huge quantities.

    Despite coronavirus-induced lockdowns, the demand for vegetables has remained the same in the Middle East countries and Bangladeshi exporters are losing orders for 30 tonnes of vegetables each day from Qatar due to lack of flights, Monsur said.

    ‘I do not think Bangladesh will get back the market in the Middle East even after the lockdown in the country is withdrawn as the Middle East countries have already found a smooth alternative source,’ he said.

    Vegetable exporters said that Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates were the major destinations of Bangladeshi vegetables in the Middle East. The United Kingdom is also a key buyer of Bangladeshi vegetables.

    According to the Export Promotion Bureau data, Bangladesh’s earnings from vegetable exports in July-March of the current financial Year 2019-20 stood at $146.71 million, which is 79.51 per cent higher than the earnings in the same period of last fiscal year.
     
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    things will improve after some time .
     
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    Certain Indian Vegetables Are Banned Due To Overuse of Pesticides
     
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    The govt should arrange special cargo flights to the ME countries during the period that normal flights are not in operation.