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Leave traditional food items for small producers, industries minister tells big businesses

Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun today said big businesses need not produce traditional food items like puffed rice, pickles, etc. and that they should leave such items to be produced by small businesses.

He made the comment while inaugurating the 9th BAPA FoodPro International Expo-2023 at the capital's International Convention City Bashundhara.

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"If everything is produced by big businesses, then what the small ones would do? When the big businesses begin to cater for small businesses as well, many kinds of problems are created for the small ones."

The minister said those who used to make products like puffed rice, and pickles in traditional ways in villages should be allowed to produce those items. "They have to live too."

Mahabubul Alam, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said after readymade garments, the food products sector is in a good position in terms of exports.

He called for removing bureaucratic hurdles to make doing business easier for businesspeople involved in producing food items.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, chairperson of the expo organising committee and chief executive officer of Pran-RFL Group, said the expo is playing a vital role in introducing the Bangladeshi local market to the international market and also to international technology and products.

Bangladesh Agro-Processors' Association (BAPA) and Rainbow Exhibition and Event Management Services Limited have jointly organised the three-day expo, which will remain open for all from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

More than 200 companies from 20 countries, including India, China, Germany, Italy, the USA, Switzerland and Slovenia, are displaying their products and services at the fair.