The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) of Canada's University of Saskatchewan (USask) has opened its regional office in Dhaka in a bid to enhance cooperation in research among agriculture research institutes of Canada and Bangladesh.
Agriculture Minister M Abdur Razzaque on Sunday inaugurated the office, set up on the premises of the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC), in Farmgate of the capital city.
At the opening ceremony, GIFS-Canada and Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council signed an agreement to share their expertise in the agricultural sector.
BARC Executive Chairman Sheikh Mohammad Bakhtiar and GIFS Chief Operating Officer Stephen Visscher inked the deal on behalf of the respective organisation.
The Agriculture Minister said the Saskatchewan province has a worldwide reputation for producing versatile and quality agricultural food. With opening this office in Dhaka, cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural sector will be further strengthened and Bangladesh can utilise its technology and experience.
Canadian province Saskatchewan's Agriculture Minister David Marit joined and addressed the programme virtually.
David Marit said, "The establishment of this office would further enhance cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural sector. We need to work together to meet the food needs of a growing population and make its food security sustainable. To this end, we will work together."