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7 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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What to do with the surplus mango?

In a country like Bangladesh where the size of population has always been greater than the agricultural production it makes, any wastage of any produce’s bumper production is unacceptable. But due to absence of proper preservation mechanisms, many produces, cultivated with hard labour and cost, are wasted. We cannot afford to allow this. We have seen in the past plights of farmers or growers when in a year they harvested bumper production of perishable items including potatoes. This year the mango cultivators have fallen in the same trouble with the fruit’s bumper production. According to a report of this newspaper yesterday, at least 40 per cent of the total mango production is wasted this year from the harvesting level to the consumption of the fruit due to lack of proper preservation.

This news of wastage of this seasonal fruit is rather dismaying when there is a demand of mango abroad. There are many European countries– wherever there is a sizeable Bangladeshi community- where Bangladeshi mangoes are in demand. A total of 25,000 tonnes of mangoes were exported to the EU countries last year.

Bangladesh can stop the wastage of mango and go for preserving the fruit. This exporting prospect is promising because overall mango production in the country is increasing. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) itself, last year the fruit’s production was about 21,43,443 tonnes but in the current fiscal the production is about 23,43,443 tonnes, about two hundred thousand tones more. It is reported that to avert the loss, 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.

Mango pulp is perfectly suited for conversion to juices, nectars, drinks, jams, fruit cheese or to be had by itself or with cream as a superb dessert. It can also be used in puddings, bakery fillings, and fruit meals for children, flavours for food industry, and also to make ice cream and yoghurt. While the raw fruits are utilized for products like chutney, pickle, etc

It is expected that the plan of preservation would be taken very seriously so that mango growers and businessmen can preserve the bumper production of the fruit without any hassle. As supply was far greater than the demand this year, the mango wholesalers have suffered economic losses because mango perished. Preservation of the fruit would meet the demand of consumers round the year.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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