‘If mills run, sugar industry will survive’

BSFIC chairman says at an opinion exchange meeting in Ishwardi

Published : 08 Oct 2019 07:43 PM | Updated : 05 Sep 2020 09:27 PM

Chairman of Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) Ajit Kumar Paul has said, “The industry of the country, particularly the sugar industry, will survive and the labourers will be benefited if wheels of mills will run. Initiatives are being taken so that the sugar mills will run in 12 months instead of three months. The initiatives are being taken aiming to reduce losses in sugar mills.”

The BSFIC chairman said these at a view-exchange meeting with workers and sugarcane farmers at Pabna Sugar Mills at Ishwardi in Pabna on Monday. He visited there to inspect the repair work prior to the harvesting season. 

Managing Director of Pabna Sugar Mills Md Abdus Selim presided over the meeting, while President of Pabna Sugar Mills Workers Union Sajedul Islam Shaheen, General Secretary Ashrafuzzaman Ujjal, industry workers Abu Taher and Abdul Mannan were also present at the event.  A number industry staff and sugarcane farmers joined the view exchange meeting. 

In his speech, Ajit Paul also said, “Without money, crisis can't be resolved as well as no plan can be implemented. In every season, about 3000 tonnes of sugar are produced in this mill. The cost of this sugarcane estimated Tk 150 crore. But we do not get this price. Sugar remains unsold, and piled in the mill. This industry will regain soon. We all work hard to improve the present situation.”

It can be mentioned the government has taken an initiative to make the state-run sugar mills in the country profitable by diversifying their products lines to keep them operational throughout the year instead of lying them idle.