Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) was directed to set up agro-processing industries on the unutilised lands of the state-owned corporation.
He also said that the government has already taken steps to develop the domestic sugar industry to lessen the country's dependence on imported sugar.
The minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of a project 'The road to sustainable agro SME development in target clusters of Bangladesh through enhancing entrepreneurial ability and technical skills." in the city.
He said the government has taken a decision to create 100 economic zones all over the country, where agro-processing industries will get priority because Bangladesh largely depends on agriculture.
Bangladesh Agro-Processors' Association (BAPA) organised the programme in collaboration with the SME Cell and Ministry of Industries and funded by Bangladesh INSPIRED.
Adviser of BAPA Inspired Project Prof.Md.Moslem Ali presented the project activities.
In his speech, he said under the project, they created a pool of 35 national trainers for the development of small and medium enterprise (SME), 35 industrial trainers for apprenticeship training programme and 21 Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers to conduct a 360-hour certificate course for TVET students
Additional Secretary of Ministry of Industries Sushen Chandra Das, Team leader of Bangladesh INSPIRED Ali Sabet, President of BAPA and team leaders BAPA-INSPRIED project A. F. M. Fakhrul Islam Munshi, its Deputy Secretary and Deputy Project Director Md.Khairul Kabir Menon and Country Director of Traidcraft Exchange Shaheed Ferdous were present in the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Sushen Chandra Das said to create more agro-processing entrepreneurs, the ministry of industries tries to provide 4.0 per cent or lower interest loan facilities for creating new agro processing SME entrepreneurs all over the country.
BAPA president said that Bangladesh earns Tk 16 billion a year by exporting agro-possessing products to 140 countries of the world.
If the government provides more facilities, the agro-processing industry would earn 100 billion from this industry within the next three to five year, he added.