Bangladesh produces high quality food items, eyes big share in global market

Bangladesh has gained competitive strength in processed food sector as the country now exports 100 types of processed food products to nearly 104 countries across the globe.
The growing industry, which is already declared by the government as the thrust sector, earned $260 million from exports in 2016-17, almost double than the revenue earned three years back and with this present trend of growth, the country eyes $1 billion exports by 2021.

In the present competitive world market, high quality processed products, meeting all compliance of world consumers Bangladesh has to face tremendous challenge. The only favorable factors are plenty of raw agro-produces and fighting hardworking cheap creative work force.

According to BAPA’s record in 2011-12 the export volume was $86.91 million and in 2012-13 the volume was $101.49 million. But in 2013-14 the export stood at nearly $153.50 million.

For achieving the target, the Bangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association (BAPA), the apex trade body of manufacturers and processing companies of food and beverage products, is organising a three-day mega exposition that will start today.

The mega expo titled “5th BAPA FoodPro International Expo 2017” will be held in the capital to facilitate local food and beverage manufacturers and processors display their goods to the international buyers.

All local stakeholders from retail and wholesale food, beverage service sectors will be able to establish new connections and new business with their domestic as well as foreign counterparts at the mega exposition, BAPA officials said.
For attaining desired goal, attempts from all corners are being made to produce good quality processed products using quality raw materials and ultra modern technology, the organisers added.

Though the industry is maintaining a sustainable export growth, the exporters are facing tough pressure in exploring new export markers and consumers. For keeping agro food processing sector as active contributor in this foreign earning mechanism, high cash incentive or other forms of benefit should be increased for the multiple purposes of benefits of the country, they suggested.

To compete against major global competitors, the country’s processed products should be supported by the authority so that they gain capacity of producing of high quality products for earning confidence of all consumers.

Good agricultural and manufacturing practices like Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) should be ensured from supply of high quality seeds, use of appropriate fertilizer and insecticide harvesting and preservation techniques. Every step should be monitored by top-level and capable persons and technicians to ensure that top grade quality processed products are produced under proper professional experts, they added.
To ensure quality of products, modern and sophisticated Labs should be established in the country with government initiatives and if necessary BAPA can support, they added. The lab should have connectivity with international research scientists to earn accreditation status, they said.

Major Countries for Exports:

The major countries where Bangladesh exports food and beverage products include UAE, KSA, India, UK, USA, Bhutan, Malaysia, Kuwait, Singapore, Qatar, Somalia land, Nepal, Angola, Djibouti, Australia, Bahrain, Ghana, Senegal, Canada, Guinea Bissau, South Africa, Mauritania, Italy, Jordan, Belgium, Liberia, Maldives, Congo, China, Nigeria, Mayotee, Benin, Oman, Japan, Sierra Leone, Cyprus, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Sweden, Ecuador, Kenya, Loam Togo, Greece, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Korea, Germany, Iran, Cambodia, Sudan, Hong Kong, Spain, Mauritius etc.

Major Exported Products:

The major items exported from Bangladesh include juice, drinks, puffed rice, snacks, spices, chanachur, biscuits, mustard oil, pickle, frozen vegetable, semai, potato crackers, nuts, jam-jelly, candy, meat, mango bar, molasses and flattened rice. list of eligible agro-processed products for subsidy fruit juice, fruit drinks, biscuits, chanachur, prepared nuts, fried peanuts, potato crackers, potato flakes, potato chips, flattened and puffed rice, confectionery goods, all kinds of spices, fruit jam, fruit jelly and marmalade, pickles of fruit vegetable & spices, chutney of fruit vegetable & spices, all kinds of sauces, semai, rose water, tomato sauce/ketchup, tomato paste, noodles, extruded snacks, mango & fruit bar, kashundi, various kind of paratta, alu puri, dal-puri, vegetable spring roll, singara, luchi, dal samusa,vegetable samusa, chita pitha, frozen kachur loti, frozen kachur mukhi, frozen data, frozen karola, frozen bean seed, frozen jackfruit seed, frozen satcora, frozen lediesfinger, frozen olive, frozen bean, frozen potol, frozen ghinga, frozen kakrol, frozen nerkeli kachu, frozen barboti, frozen radish, candy, babol gum, lolypop, syrup of date juice,vinegar of date juice, honey, frozen mushroom,                papor,jarda, canned pineapple, canned aloe vera, canned baby corn. other agro-processed products tea, mustard oil, molasses, powder milk, fresh milk, agro seeds, sweet mixed rice ball, choi pitha, pastry sheet, frozen kolmi shaak, frozen black berry, frozen palong shak, frozen guava, frozen nuts, mineral water, flavoured water, flavoured milk, ghee, sweets, chatpati, narically pob, , frozen green banana, , frozen lal shak, , frozen pui shak, , frozen sajna data, , frozen potato starch, khichuri mix, firni mix, bombay chilli powder, banana chips, laschi, active milk added drinks, milk flavored drinks, pineapple slice cane, mixed fruits slice,etc. innovated new agro-processed products potato biscuits, o-la-la biscuits, stick biscuits, juice with nuta-de-coco, chocolate snacks,vegetable chips samusa, rumali ruti,low fat parata, chalta pickle, coriander leaf pickle.

List of Eligible Agro-Processed Products for Subsidy

Fruit juice, fruit drinks, biscuits, chanachur, prepared nuts, fried peanuts, potato crackers, potato flakes, potato chips, flattened and puffed rice, confectionery goods, all kinds of spices, fruit jam, fruit jelly and marmalade, pickles of fruit vegetable & spices, chutney of fruit vegetable & spices, all kinds of sauces, semai, rose water, tomato sauce/ketchup, tomato paste,noodles, extruded snacks, mango & fruit bar, kashundi, various kind of paratta, alu puri, dal-puri,vegetable spring roll, singara, luchi, dal samusa,vegetable samusa, chita pitha, frozen kachur loti, frozen kachur mukhi, frozen data, frozen karola, frozen bean seed, frozen jackfruit seed, frozen satcora, frozen lediesfinger, frozen olive, frozen bean, frozen potol, frozen ghinga, frozen kakrol, frozen nerkeli kachu, frozen barboti, frozen radish, candy, babol gum, lolypop, syrup of date juice,vinegar of date juice, honey, frozen mushroom,papor,jarda, canned pineapple, canned aloe vera, canned baby corn.

Other Agro-Processed Products

Tea, mustard oil, molasses, powder milk, fresh milk, agro seeds, sweet mixed rice ball, choi pitha, pastry sheet, frozen kolmi shaak, frozen black berry, frozen palong shak, frozen guava, frozen nuts, mineral water, flavoured water, flavoured milk, ghee, sweets, chatpati, narically pob, , frozen green banana, , frozen lal shak, , frozen pui shak, , frozen sajna data, , frozen potato starch, khichuri mix, firni mix, bombay chilli powder, banana chips, laschi, active milk added drinks, milk flavored drinks, pineapple slice cane, mixed fruits slice,etc.

Innovated New Agro-Processed Products

Potato Biscuits, O-la-la Biscuits, Stick Biscuits, Juice with Nuta-de-coco, Chocolate Snacks,Vegetable Chips Samusa, Rumali Ruti,Low Fat Parata, Chalta Pickle, Coriander Leaf Pickle.