Dutch investors eyeing potato farming opportunities in Bangladesh

.The Dutch potato industry is showing a keen interest to invest in potato farming in Bangladesh, aiming to increase the production and enhance commercial cultivation of potatoes in the country, according to a report published by UNB. Members of the potato industry in the Netherlands have disclosed their interest at the two-day long potato event Potato Europe 2017, hosted in Emmeloord in the Netherlands last week. The Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie (NAO, or Dutch Potato Organisation), a platform for several potato-related Dutch companies and organizations, reportedly expressed their intent to implement plans aimed at boosting potato farming in Bangladesh. According to some of its members, the organisation already received approval for financial aid from the Dutch government in this regard. The world renowned Wageningen University and Research Centre will reportedly act as knowledge and scientific partner to implement research-based practical knowledge to improve potato cultivation in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Ambassador in The Hague, Sheikh Mohammed Belal, attended Potato Europe 2017. Aucke van der Werff, mayor of Noordoostpolder, received the Ambassador. LC Packaging, a packaging company, took part in the fair. Lucas Lammers, incumbent director of the company, said they have built a packaging factory in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj district in Bangladesh, investing 10 million Euros. LC Packaging chose Bangladesh as business centre because of the easy availability of jute and jute-made products, Lammers told Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal. (Source: Prothom-alo.com)