Agro processing sector is one of the topmost thrust sectors in Bangladesh as per export policy of Bangladesh Govt. It has been promoting in all activities with the co-operation of govt & non-govt organizations. With the continuous increase of production & export by the members of BAPA is organizing Foodpro, participating in Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), its member companies participating to the foreign trade in every year for advertising their products and exchanging of knowledge & technology. Bapa is playing an active role for skill development & food safety by arranging of meeting, training, seminar, workshop & inspirational motivation for stakeholders in agro-processing. The stakeholders try to maintain all safety in the supply chain of food from field to table for qualitative product so that export can be acceptable in any country of the world. At present agro processed products are exported in 144 countries though contamination problem arose from 2/3 countries due to the raw material infectivity. So BAPA has emphasized of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) among the farmers & establishing of Training Institute, Research &Development (R & D) center and ultra-modern Lab in Bangladesh.
To see the progress of the association European Union (EU) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) has united with the committee and members of BAPA to develop the agro-processing sector with its financial & technological support. After the finishing a project for SME development under SME competitiveness grant scheme, PRISM project for reduction of poverty by developing skill and products is going on with the support of EU. With the aid of ADB a project to build up skilled person and employing them is going through 18 BAPA industries. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is also working with our members for quality Industrial Growth and economic Development of their industries. BAPA has already build up a relation with Embassies & foreign trade organizations in order to enhance the relation for the purpose of any kind of export related difficulties in overseas.
BAPA has a moral obligation to widen a scope of diversifying the products, maintaining quality and enable the processors to be competitive in the present situation. BAPA keeps strong contacts inseparably through Commerce Ministry, Industry Ministry, Food Ministry, Bangladesh Bank, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI), Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Small & Medium Enterprise Foundation (SMEF), Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), Hortex Foundation, Nutrition and Food Engineering Department of Daffodil International University and other related organizations for implementation of policies, steps for ensuring of SPS measure, ensuring quality standard, modern packaging, fixation of tax, vat, cash incentives/subsidies to the exporters, etc.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thus far spread almost all the countries and regions of the world, significantly affecting the global economy. Since the virus has been growing exponentially, even the developed countries have been unable to contain its spread. As a result, people are dying in the affected areas at an alarming rate. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world, however, to our concern, the healthcare facilities in the country are too limited to serve its 160 million-plus population.
As per the prime ministers bailout plan, fiscal actions included stimulus packages e.g. direct financial support for the affected sectors, widening social safety net coverage for poor people, food distribution at a lower price among the poor people, as well as increasing monetary supply.