FBCCI seeks JICA’s cooperation in setting up testing labs

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has sought the cooperation of the Japanese aid agency JICA to set up food product testing labs at all ports of the country.

FBCCI asked for this cooperation in a meeting with JICA and Bangladesh Safe Food Authority representatives at the FBCCI office in Motijheel in the capital on Thursday. At this time, the senior vice president of FBCCI, Mustafa Azad Chowdhury, vice president Md. Amin Helali, JICA head office representative Teruaki Fujii and others were present.

An agreement was signed between the Bangladesh Safe Food Authority and JICA in February last year to ensure safe and nutritious food. According to this agreement, JICA is providing support to enhance the skills, technical knowledge and institutional capacity of government personnel engaged in ensuring safe food.

Now FBCCI has demanded the establishment of world-class testing labs in all land, sea and international airports of the country to ensure safety in the import-export of food products. They have sought technical and financial support from JICA for this work.

In the meeting, Mustafa Azad Chowdhury said that there is a huge demand for Bangladeshi food products in the northeastern states of India. Export of agricultural and processed food products to these states will be facilitated if lab-facilities of recognized quality are available at land ports. Bangladesh can capture the global market of processed food and agricultural products if there are lab facilities at the airport and seaport. Therefore, he suggested to take up the related project.

JICA representative Teruaki Fujii said that it is important to ensure safe food supply for sustainable food security in Bangladesh. In this regard, the JICA project will help in the development of food processing industry in the country.

FBCCI vice president. Amin Helali said, due to the weakness in the storage and supply sector, a large part of the produced agricultural products is lost. Farmers are also deprived of fair wages due to lack of maintenance facilities at the local level. Therefore, Amin Helali suggested the expansion of food processing and preservation facilities at the upazila level.

FBCCI Secretary General Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque, Director Mohammad Anwar Sadat, Md. Rezaul Karim and others were present.