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Hectar Global Expands Trading Business to Bangladesh

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10 May 2024, Chennai: Hectar Global, a B2B cross-border agri-trade startup announced its strategic expansion into the Bangladesh market to strengthen its downstream trade capabilities. The move is in line with Hectar’s global expansion strategy, which is to set up direct operations in key origination or destination markets to enable seamless trade of agri commodities. In line with the expansion, the company has set up an HQ office in Dhaka and a pulses processing factory in Faridpur.

In the first phase of expansion, Hectar Global will focus on catering to the market demand in 2 categories – spices and pulses, including products such as dry red chilies, turmeric, red lentils, chickpeas, and yellow peas.

Commenting on the expansion, Srinath Srinivasan, CEO of Hectar Global said “We are excited about the capabilities we’re building in the Bangladesh market. As a nation, Bangladesh relies heavily on food imports, purchasing over US$15 billion in agricultural commodities every year. In this vibrant import market, we are eager to introduce our services and platform, which will enable local food businesses and manufacturers to source their raw materials directly from global vendors. With our platform, coupled with our direct presence in Bangladesh, we offer our customers a unique advantage: the cost benefits of cross-border purchasing with the convenience of local transactions.”

To cater to the growing import demand for pulses, Hectar Global has also set up a pulses processing facility in Faridpur, about 100 kilometres from Dhaka.

Adding to this, Srinath Srinivasan said “Our pulse processing factory in Bangladesh, allows us to contribute more than just importing pulses into the market, enabling us to value add and move a step further in the downstream supply chain. We have also introduced our brand of red lentils into the Bangladesh market, and we have more commodities in the pipeline to strengthen our presence. Over this year, we will expand our product portfolio in this market to include non-basmati rice, maize, oilseeds, and sugar.”

Hectar Global currently has a 7-member team in Bangladesh and is actively hiring for sales, finance and operations roles to handle the expansion.

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