Last year Bangladesh produced 11 million tons of potatoes – making it the third largest producer in Asia, after China and India – of which it exported nearly 0.8 million tons. More than a third of potato exports went to Malaysia, a fifth went to Nepal and a fifth went to Sri Lanka.
Other countries that imported potatoes from Bangladesh includes Myanmar, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, and Lebanon. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture are looking to start exports to Russia, Fiji and Vietnam.
Now, potato exports from Bangladeshi farmers supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continue to grow, as producers came together recently to celebrate another year of success. Four producer co-operatives joined the fourth annual potato export inauguration in Rangpur, the country's main potato-growing region.
For the last four years, potato producer organizations in Rangpur have been producing export-quality potatoes by employing “good agricultural practices” – a collection of principles for safe and healthy farming and processing – with training from FAO.