|Published : 20 Sep 2016, 18:18:58|
New industrial policy gives top priority to agro-based industries
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said agro-based industry has been given top priority to ensure food security for all.
"Agro/food processing and agriculture machinery manufacturing industries have been placed in the priority list in National Industrial Policy-2016," he said
Amu said this while speaking at the concluding ceremony of Bangladesh Inspired Project at Daffodil University auditorium Dhaka on Tuesday, reports BSS.
Bangladesh Agro Processors Association (BAPA) and European Union are jointly implementing the project for the development of food processing and agriculture based small and medium industries in Bangladesh.
Amu suggested for setting up small industries in different areas to utilise the full potential of the country’s agro-based industries.
Saying interested entrepreneurs will get plots at district level BSCIC industrial estates to set up area based agro-processing industries, Amu asked university students to be those new entrepreneurs.
Speaking at the function, agro-processing entrepreneurs said it is possible to earn Tk 100 billion from food processing sector in next five years.
Currently, the country is exporting Tk 16 billion products annually from this sector, they added.
They demanded law interest loans and urgent gas connections to agro based small industries to increase exports from the sector.
Presided over by BAPA President AFM Fakhrul Islam Munshi, the function was also addressed by Project Adviser Prof. M. Moslem Ali, Project Director and Additional Secretary Sushen Chandra Das, Daffodil University Prof. Dr. Yusuf M. Islam and Bangladesh Inspired Programme Team leader Ali Sabet, among others, said an official release. - IH