Industries & Products | Bidi Industry

Compared to cigarette manufacturing sector, bidi production industry is quite fragmented since most of the bidi factories in operation are household-based. The top four bidi companies account for a little less than 50% of the market. The number of bidi factories in Bangladesh as stated in various studies, varies to a great extent. However, according to a study conducted by National Board of Revenue (NBR), the number of bidi factories in operation stands at 198. The brand ‘Akiz Bidi’ is the most popular among other bidi brands. Employments of underage workforce, hazardous and inhuman work conditions and extremely low wages have made the bidi industry a source of controversy for years.