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Bumper production

Farmers cry for storage as 40pc of mangoes go wasted

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN
Farmers cry for storage as 
40pc of mangoes go wasted

At least 40 per cent of the total mango production is wasted from the harvesting level to the dining table due to lack of proper preservation. Despite a huge demand of Bangladeshi mangoes abroad, farmers have failed to take advantage due to lack of proper production and preservation processes, sources said.

According to the department of agriculture extension (DAE), about 23,43,443 tonnes of mangoes were produced in the current fiscal year against 21,43,443 tonnes in the previous year. The government has planned to develop a process to preserve the fruit to minimize its wastage in the country.

Against this backdrop, the government has taken up a ‘high value crops production, post harvest management, processing, value addition and market linkage development project’ at a cost of Tk 200 crore, Md Nurul Islam, deputy project director of the Year Round Fruit Production for Nutrition Improvement project under the DAE told The Independent yesterday.

“There are about 2.20 crore mango trees in the country at present and a tree on average produces 60 kg of mangoes”, he added in reply to query.

He further said, “At least 10 per cent of these trees neither bloom or bear any fruit. If these trees are taken care of the production of mangoes could be enhanced,” he further said.   

The farmers of Rajshahi district have produced 3,000 metric tonnes of mangoes by the bagging system with a target of exporting 2,000 metric tonnes to European countries.

Besides, farmers in Satkhira and other places have also produced exportable mangoes in the current season.

Bangladeshi mangoes are normally exported to eight European countries like England, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, France and Russia.

Many varieties, including the sweetest ones like Gopalbhog, Langra, Khirsapat, Fazlee, Nakfazlee, Haribhanga, Mohanbhog, Chyatapori and Lakhna are being cultivated in the region.

Owing to a huge supply of mangoes in the local markets, many wholesalers have suffered losses, Tajul Islam, a mango wholesaler of Amena Traders in Karwan Bazar told this correspondent.

 “We have never seen such a market condition like this year in my entire business life. Several hundreds maunds of mangoes have been wasted due to Eid holidays and high supply exceeding demand,” he said.

The prices of mangoes are also lower this year than the previous year because of high production, he added.

“We have sold one crate of mango (25 kg) at Tk 50 only during full season. The best quality mango is being sold at Tk 30 per kg this year,” he said in reply to a query.

According to Tajul, wastage would be greatly reduced if a preservation system was developed in the country. About 25,000 tonnes of mangoes were exported last year to EU countries, Md Abdur Rouf, director (commodity) of the Export Promotion Bureau, said, adding that they were yet to compile this year’s export volume.

“The farmers have cultivated mangoes both in commercial and household gardens on 1,74,208 hectares of lands across the country.

At least two lakh tonnes of mangoes have additionally been produced this year compared to last year,” Md Nurul Islam said.

Now 78-80 gm of mangoes are being consumed per head in the country, the DAE official said, adding, “People will consume 200 gm per head per day if the nation turned into a developed country.”

Regarding wastes of mango, he said, “At least 40 per cent mangoes are wasted in the country every year. We are developing a preservation system so that people can consume it round the year.”

The consumers can preserve mangoes manually by slicing or extracting pulp after cleaning the mangoes and refrigerating them, Nurul Islam said.

 

 

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