Agro Processing


Bangladesh is an agrarian country with a tropical climate perfectly suitable for the production of a variety of crops, fruits & vegetables, livestock and fisheries and a promising Agro and Food-Processing industry.

Bangladesh is blessed with a tropical climate and fertile soil and a total agricultural output of around 70 million metric tons in 2019-20 period with Rice, potato and sugar crop accounting for around 80% while fruits, vegetables and spices accounted for 17% of the output. the agriculture sector employs around 40.6% of the labor force and contributes 14.23% to GDP. The agro-food processing industry now contributes about 1.7 per cent to GDP and employs about 250,000 people. Its share of total exports now stands at around 3.5 per cent.


Bangladesh exports more than 700 items including 63 basic agro processed products most of which are cereal grains, frozen fish, processed meat, tea, vegetables, tobacco, cut flower, fruits, spices, dry food and other processed agricultural products including livestock, poultry & fish feed to more than 140 countries. At present, there are 486 agro processing manufacturers in the country among which 241 are exporters and 235 cater to the domestic market. In FY 2018-19, the agro sector realized export earnings worth $ 1.41 billion. The main exports items are frozen fish, shrimp and other frozen food products, tea, spices, fruits including dry fruits and some other processed agricultural products. The major export destinations include the European Union (EU), the US, the Middle East and the Gulf.

The domestic market size of packaged food was about was 5.2 billion in 2018 and is forecasted to reach 7.3 billion in 2023. In the packaged food market, edible oils, dairy products and snacks dominate in terms of sales value. These products are expected to continue growing steadily by around 6% per annum till 2023. Products that are expected to expand rapidly include processed fruits and vegetables, seafood, and meat, which are expected to grow by 8%, 13%, and 13% per year respectively.

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70 million metric tons of agricultural output per year

More than 700 basic and processed food products exported to more than 140 countries

Agro & food processing sector employs about 40% of the labor force and contributes 16% to the country’s GDP

Agricultural export from Bangladesh growing at a CAGR
Domestic market for agro-processed market stood at 2.8 billion in 2019 and growing

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