From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from PRAN)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

An image containing two logos - that of PRAN and RFL on the top and bottom, and in between them, the words PRAN-RFL GROUP are written in Arial in capital letters. Under this, the words Since 1981 are written in a slightly smaller size in italics.
Logo of the PRAN-RFL Group,
TypeBusiness enterprise

PRAN-RFL Group (Bengali: প্রাণ-আরএফএল গ্রুপ) is one of the largest conglomerates in Bangladesh.[1] It is the largest agro producer in Bangladesh.[2]


PRAN (Programme for Rural Advancement Nationally)[3] was established in 1981 by retired Major General Amjad Khan Chowdhury.[4] PRAN has become one of the largest food and beverage brands in Bangladesh and has been exported to 138 countries.[5] Pran pioneered agro business in Bangladesh.[6] They provided farmers with guaranteed prices.[6] Pran Foods, a sister concern of PRAN-RFL Group,[7] produces a number of agro products under the banner of PRAN. Pran established a subsidiary company in UAE in 2003.[8] In 2008, the company announced plans to open a production facility in Tripura, India, after the Indian government lifted the ban on direct investment from Bangladesh in 2007.[1] Pran's exports had reached 10 billion taka value by 2016, the biggest markets for the company were India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Malaysia, and Oman.[9] The same year the revenue for Pran exceeded US$500 million.[10] PRAN started exporting potatoes in March 2016.[11] In April 2016, PRAN started to export cassava, the first shipment, worth US$3 million, was exported to New Zealand.[12] PRAN has 80 thousand direct employees and 200 thousand indirect employees.[13] PRAN exports to 118 different countries.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Pran to build first foreign plant in India". The Daily Star. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Pran makes it big in dairy business". The Daily Star. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ IANS (4 June 2015). "First Bangladeshi food processing unit in India". Business Standard India. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Amjad Khan's death anniv observed". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ Bilkis, Shahana (12 March 2014). "Bangladeshi agro-processed food has good prospect abroad". The Financial Express. Dhaka.
  6. ^ a b Sobhan, Rehman (4 October 2010). Challenging the Injustice of Poverty: Agendas for Inclusive Development in South Asia. SAGE Publications. p. 111. ISBN 9788132104681.
  7. ^ "GDCL to arrange Tk 1b fund for Pran thru Islamic Bond issue". The Daily Observer. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  8. ^ Basit, Abdul. "Pran Foods expects 60% sales growth in 2014". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  9. ^ "PRAN-RFL fetches over Tk 1,000cr from export". Daily Sun. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ Mitra, Sounak (10 February 2016). "If Shan doesn't get you, PRAN will". Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  11. ^ "PRAN starts potato export". The Daily Star. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  12. ^ "PRAN to export $3m of cassava to New Zealand". The Daily Star. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  13. ^ "In memory of the man who built Pran". The Daily Star. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  14. ^ "PRAN aims at poverty cut, employs over 10 lakh workers". Daily Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2017.