Agriculture is the single largest producing sector of the economy since it comprises about 20% of the country’s GDP and employs around 63% of the total labor force. The performance of this sector has an overwhelming impact on major macroeconomic objectives like employment generation, poverty alleviation, human recourses development, food security & export diversification.

Focusing on export diversification, the government has been trying to boost up the export potentials of different agricultural & horticultural products. Consequently, with a view to promoting the Agro products of the country, Ministry of Commerce has formed the Council on June 16, 2011 titled “Agro Products Business Promotion Council (APBPC)” in partnership with the public and private sector.

Objectives of the Council

To promote the export of agricultural and horticultural products, help industry acquire the right technology, develop export-marketing skills, impart training and workshops/seminars to develop, promote the value added products in the agro and horticulture sector; to focus on identification of production and export related problems and preparation of policy recommendations for the Government, create awareness on different compliance standards and so on.

Bridge Overview

The economy of Bangladesh is predominantly agricultural. Since the inception of Bangladesh, the country has achieved an incredible growth in food production and reached self-sufficiency, thanks to the pragmatic steps of the present government and hard work of the farmers. About 80 percent of the total population lives in rural areas, and 62 percent of them are directly, and others are indirectly engaged in a wide range of agricultural activities. The agriculture sector contributes around 20 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates employment for 63 percent of the total labor force.

Rice, Jute, Sugarcane, Potato, Pulses, Wheat, Tea, Tobacco, Oilseed, Spices and Fruit are the principal crops. A few of the products of this sector are currently exported to different countries with immense global competition. The growth and diversification of Agro products largely depends on the policy support, public-private joint initiative for institutional and financial support, availability of technical and business information, innovation and sustainable development of technology and related products, capacity development of industries, research and development facilities and removal of other barriers relating to the agricultural sector.

Soil conditions, topography and climate makes the area ideal for large scale and sustainable production of cereals, fruits and vegetables. Vegetables like potato, cauliflower, tomato, white gourd, bean, spinach, pea and baby corn are being produced in the region in larger quantities side by side with broccoli, carrot, celery, capsicum and strawberry. Most of these have huge earning prospects through exports. Potato flakes also have great international demand and its production technology is relatively simple and labour intensive. Such an industry should have great prospects in Bangladesh.

Activities of APBPC

APBPC is implementing the following activities:

  1. Activities implemented with the member associations
    To promote and facilitate export of Agro & Horticulture products, APBPC used to undertake different need based programs and implement its activities with the member associations. Hence, the Council in cooperation with the member associations usually implements different training/ awareness/ seminars/ fair participation programs. APBPC has already implemented 9 training/ awareness/ seminar programs in partnership with the member associations.
  2. Activities under BEGP program
    Ministry of Commerce has initiated a project named Bangladesh Economic Growth Programme (BEGP). BEGP aims at developing export competitiveness of the Aquaculture, Leather & Horticulture sectors. Various activities to be undertaken under BEGP will have to be implemented through the sector specific councils of BPC (Fisheries Products BPC, Leather Sector BPC and Agro Products BPC). APBPC is implementing the activities of BEGP in partnership with the member associations. APBPC has already implemented 3 training programs in partnership with BFVAPEA, BHPEA & BMPMA in FY 2011-2012.
  3. Activities in partnership with KATALYST
    KATALYST is a market development project under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. It is implemented by Swisscontact & GIZ and funded by Department for International Development (DFID), Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN). KATALYST has been operating in Bangladesh since 2002. The project is currently promoting a good number of sectors and cross-sectors that include agricultural sectors like vegetables, seed, maize and services such as ICT, rural distribution and media. It also works in partnership with different market players like the government, private sector companies and business associations to improve the enabling environment for businesses among its other activities. In this consequence, in FY 2011-2012, Katalyst and APBPC completed one partnership project on potato sector. Some other projects related to agriculture export are going on.

Executive Committee

Executive Committee of APBPC

There is an Executive Committee of the Council to run the affairs of the Council. The Executive Committee of the Council of the following 36 (Thirty six) members;

Chairman : Honorable Secretary, Ministry of Commerce
1st Vice Chairman : Vice – Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)
2nd Vice Chairman : President, BFVAPEA
4. joint Secretary (Export), Ministry of Commerce
5. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture
6. Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Textiles & Jute
7. Council Coordinator, Business Promotion Council
8. Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests
9. Director, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB)
10. Director General, Department of Agriculture Extension
11. Chairman, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC)
12. Managing Director, Hortex Foundation
13. Director, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
14. Director, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)
15. Director, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI)
16. General Manager, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation
17. Director, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI)
18. Director, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)
19. General Manager, Bangladesh Bank
20. Managing Director, Bangladesh Krishi Bank
21. Managing Director, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank
22-23. Two (2) members from Bangladesh Fruits, Vegetables & Allied Products Exporters Association
24. Prisedent, Bangladesh Agro-based Product Producer & Merchant Association
25. President, Breeders Association of Bangladesh
26. President, Bangladesh Agro-Processors Association
27. President, Bangladesh Horticulture Producers & Exporters Association
28. President, Bangladesh Mango Producer Merchant Association
29. President, Bangladesh Rice Exporters Association
30. President, Bangladesh Seeds Grower, Dealers & Merchant Association
31. Chairman, Bangladesh Cold Storage Association
32. President, Bangladesh Flower Growers & Exporter Association
33. President, Bangladesh Potato Council
34. President, Bnagladesh Organic Products Manufacturers Association




President, Bangladesh Potato Exporters Association

President, Women Entrepreneurs Network for Development Association (WEND)





Export Scenario of Agro Product Sector:

Export growth of Agro Products rather than Jute

US $ In Million

Sub-sectors 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-2020
Value Value Value Value Value Value
Tea 2.63 1.83 4.47 2.77 2.82 3.12
Vegetables 103.24 104.34 81.03 77.98 99.68 164.00
Tobacco 68.45 54.98 46.62 56.39 63.33 80.36
Cut Flower & Foliage 11.36 4.73 0.08 0.09 5.38 0.03
Fruits 38.48 20.23 2.69 2.24 0.33 0.49
Spices 23.24 29.06 34.95 42.92 41.31 33.28
Dry Food 94.25 96.04 109.61 201.37 227.09 193.71
Others 244.40 284.85 273.72 289.94 469.02 387.07
Total 586.05 596.06 553.17 673.70 908.96 862.06
Annual Growth -4.72% +1.71% -7.20% +21.73% +34.92% -5.16%

(Source: Export Promotion Bureau)

US $ In Million

Sub-sectors 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-2020
Value Value Value Value Value Value
Raw Jute 111.57 173.17 167.84 155.68 112.48 129.89
Jute Yarn & Twine 552.32 558.73 607.88 647.72 512.42 564.26
Jute Sacks & Bags 139.45 122.53 127.53 122.82 82.86 106.54
Others 65.19 65.15 59.17 99.33 108.51 81.66
Total 868.53 919.58 962.42 1025.55 816.27 882.35
Annual Growth +5.34% +5.88% +4.66% +6.56% -20.41% +8.09%

(Source: Export Promotion Bureau)

Projects implemented by APBPC

Duration Project Name Name of the development partner Approx. Contract value (in US$ equivalent) Role on the Assignment
2011-2012 Bangladesh Economic Growth Programme (BEGP) USAID BDT 375.18 Lac
  • Help link exporters to international markets
  • Help producers and exporters increase the quality of their products and their lead time in response to the market
  • Enhance the capacity of the value chain actors by facilitating need based training
  • Make a special effort to integrate women, youth and minorities to economic development
  • Strengthen the testing and certification processes.
October 2013-March 2017 Agribusiness for Trade Competiveness Project (ATC-P) Swiss Contact USD 10,980.00
  • Creating innovative agri-business solutions for increased competiveness and supply chain coordination
  • Ensuring quality-precondition for export readiness
  • Strengthening public private partnerships
  • Enhancing ICT service markets for a digital Bangladesh
  • Developing post-harvest management practices


Agro Products Business Promotion Council

Ministry of Commerce
BFIDC Building (8th Floor)
73, Motijheel Commercial Area
Dhaka – 1000, Bangladesh
Tel: +880-(0)2-9514434, 9514435
Fax: 088-02-7117003
E-mail: bpc@intechworld.net