Despite having enormous export potential, Bangladesh’s flower industry is yet to acquire momentum as it is hamstrung by a dearth of infrastructure and a lack of comprehensive policy support, said industry insiders.
To penetrate the global flower market and sustain its presence in it, the government needs to develop infrastructure for the sector and ensure comprehensive policy support, the president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Abul Kasem Khan, told The Independent.
“Exports of flowers and floral products have seen impressive growth in these months, contributing to the gross domestic product (GDP), as the entrepreneurs are trying to tap strong demand for the non-conventional product in the global market,” said Khan.
According to export data with the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), the country exported cut flowers and foliage worth USD 3.94 million during July to November 2018–19. The value in the last year during the same period was USD 0.01 million.