No sugar factories permanently closed: Minister of Industry

Industry Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun said on Friday that none of Bangladesh’s sugar factories had been closed permanently and all factories would reopen soon.

The minister said this during a program to kick off the sugarcane threshing season at Darshana Keru and Company Sugar Mills in Damurhuda Upazila in Chuadanga.

“No sugar mill has been closed permanently. The factory was temporarily closed for the modernization of the sugar factories ”, declared the Minister.

He also said that the government provides maximum convenience in the production of agricultural products. “The demands of the farmers will be met.”

Minister of Commerce Tipu Munshi, Minister of State for Industries Kamal Ahmed Mojumder, Secretary of Industry Zakia Sultana, President of Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation Arifur Rahman Apu, MP for Chuadanga-2 Haji Md Ali Azgar Togor, were present on occasion, among others.

Regarding the rise in commodity prices, Trade Minister Tipu Munshi said that while the prices of essential commodities rise in the international market, the domestic market tends to follow suit. However, TCB activities will be launched at the upazila level to keep prices tolerable, he added. Hopefully 400-500 TCB trucks will be added over the next 3 months.

The general manager of the sugar mills Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain chaired the function.

He said all the preparations for the sweets are complete to start this season’s threshing. However, the cultivation of sugarcane has declined, reducing the production target to half this year, he said.

Meanwhile, the government closed six sugar factories, out of 15 state-owned sugar factories, last year due to persistent losses.

Rachel J. Bradford