The agro-based industries in the country provided job opportunities to 88,000 people during the five years (2001-2005) apart from registering the highest domestic sales of their produces during the period, reports BSS.
The opportunities were created under the Agro-based Industries and Technology Development Project (ATDP-II), according to Coordinator of the ATDP Mamunur Rahman.
The five-year agro-based project has been implemented at a cost of Tk 600 million (60 crore) under the Ministry of Agriculture with the financial assistance of the USAID.
The domestic sales have already crossed its target by US$154 million and exports of agro-based products reached $73 million against its target of $59 million, Mamunur Rahman said.
He said the main objective of the ATDP-II is to promote privately owned agri-business to boost price competitiveness of agri-items as well as help country's potential entrepreneurs maximise their profits.
"It also aims at promoting our gross domestic product (GDP) growth and to generate new business ideas," he observed.
A total of 4,000 entrepreneurs adopted modern technologies in agro-based industries introducing the open price competitive market to promote the growth of private sector agro-industries, he added.