Up to 30 percent of mangoes produced in Bangladesh get wasted before reaching the market in absence of facilities to store and transport them properly. Growers demanded that the government build cooling and packaging centres in all the districts known for producing mangoes.
‘Growers are losing interest in mango production fast, therefore the government must act fast,’ said Shafiqul Islam Sana, a farmer from Rajshahi. Sana and farmers from mango producing districts like Satkhira participated in the discussion on market promotion of safe mango.
Jointly organised by the Department of Agricultural Extension and NGO Solidaridad, the discussion was also attended by government horticulturists and researchers. Sana said that mango growers were barely surviving as their produces over the years failed to fetch even its production cost.
Sana produces mango mainly for export. Last year he produced 200 tonnes but could sell only 26 tonnes in the foreign market. He was waiting for exporters to arrive in time to buy from him. But they did not.
And Sana could not sell mangoes in the domestic market as they were already ripe and he did not have access to chilling centre for preserving his produce. Solidaridad’s supply chain and business development senior manager Mohammad Moziball Hoque in his keynote paper assessed that Bangladesh’s mangoes have domestic and global markets worth Tk 120 billion (€1.24 bln).
‘There is scope for increasing the markets many times over,’ Mozib told newagebd.net