'Bangladesh is a land of flowers. There is a large global market for flowers, and the sector has experienced exponential growth in Bangladesh'
To enter the international flower market and be competitive, comprehensive policy support and infrastructure development is essential for Bangladesh, experts said on Thursday
The comment was made on the inaugural day of the International Flower Exhibition and Conference 2018, being held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC). The conference is being organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), with support from USAID in association with the Bangladesh Flower Society (BFS), according to a press release.
Addressing the program as the chief guest, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Executive Chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam said: “Bangladesh is a land of flowers. There is a large global market for flowers, and the sector has experienced exponential growth in Bangladesh. More private sector investment is necessary to maintain this growth.”
Citing the success of flower exports to Colombia, he added that it is possible to brand Bangladesh as a “land of flowers” through proper policy, infrastructure, and technological support, as well as adequate research, access to finances, modern packaging systems, and cold chain management. He also emphasized the need for this message to be disseminated among growers at the grassroots-level.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said: “The agriculture sector contributes 14.32% to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and flowers are a major component of agriculture, as well as a multibillion-dollar industry in many countries. The local market size of the flower sector in Bangladesh has reached $150 million, while our export market earned $86,000 in 2018.”