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Bangladesh to send expert team as South Sudan wants to lease land

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Published: 20:20, 8 February 2022  
Bangladesh to send expert team as South Sudan wants to lease land

The South Sudan expresses its eagerness to lease wasteland of the country to Bangladesh for cultivation. Alongside, the country seeks assistance of Bangladesh in cultivating different crops. Bangladesh will send an expert team to South Sudan to identify specific areas of cooperation in this regard. The team will comprise various experts including agricultural researchers, scientists and extension workers.

The disclosure was made in a meeting held between Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque and Deng Dau Deng Malek, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of South Sudan, at the Secretariat on Tuesday (February 08) afternoon.

Agriculture Secretary Md Sayedul Islam, additional secretary Md Ruhul Amin Talukder, Bangladesh ambassador to Ethiopia Md Nazrul Islam and Deputy Director General of Sena Kalyan Sangstha Col Md Mahbubur Rahman among others were present in the meeting.

After the meeting, Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque said, “South Sudan has more than six lakh square kilometres of land. Most of its land is fallow, non-cultivated. There is huge possibility of producing many crops by bringing this vast of area under agricultural production.”

“The issue of cultivating crops on leased land of the South Sudan government has been under discussion for a long time,” he said.

The Minister said, “Many private entrepreneurs in Bangladesh have also expressed interest and the government is also considering the matter seriously.”

He said, “We will send an expert team to see what crops can be grown in South Sudan and how the land can be brought under cultivation.”

He further said, “Specific initiatives will be taken on the basis of the report of the expert team. I would like to invite those who want to invest in the private sector. The government will take initiative in these matters including sending workers.”

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