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Bangladesh holds potato fair to popularize it as staple food
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19:50, May 07, 2008

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The Bangladeshi caretaker government has arranged a three-day mega potato fair in capital Dhaka with companies and hotels showcasing recipes to popularizes the vegetable as a top food item to ease pressure off the main staple rice.

The country's first ever three-day potato show on May 7-9 comes amid a bumper potato harvest in the country and a skyrocketing price of rice.

Bangladesh's farmers this year harvested eight million tons of potato, up at least 40 percent than last year.

CSD Bangladesh, the country's largest super chain shops owned by the armed forces, arranged the show in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Hundreds of farmers, agriculturists and officials of the concerned departments have come to participate the fair. At the fair, there will be a demonstration of various recipes of potato, cooking competition, publication of booklet with 50 recipes of potato and rally and cultural soiree on potato.

It is high time to motivate the people here to consume more potato as prices of rice are going up globally, CS Karim, Agriculture Adviser of the caretaker government said while inaugurating the fair.

"We are not telling to fully change the food habit rather to consume more potatoes to lower pressure on consumption of rice," he added.

During the opening ceremony, there was also a display of potato-made foods of different countries including China, French and Bangladesh.

Source: Xinhua

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