Bangladesh is one of the top fruit producers in the world. A total of 70 different fruits are being produced in the country. Mango production stood at 2.37 million tonnes in FY 2017-18; it was 2.2 million tonnes in FY 2018-19. This season the production will increase to 2.3-2.4 million tonnes.
The plucking of the most juicy summer fruit mango will start in the middle of May with its Guti varieties in northern region and other improved varieties in Sathkharia and hill tracts. The favourable weather condition and precautionary measures taken by the mango orchard owners and farmers expect a bumper mango yield this year.
Mango growers are counting the days before harvest but at the same time they are concerned over coronavirus crisis, fearing that if the crisis persists, mango trading might not fetch good returns.
The district administration has issued specific directives to the growers on how to pick the mangoes. Earlier on Thursday, Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque gave a notice fixing the harvesting time of different varieties of mangoes. It was decided that the picking of Guti mango will begin on May 15 while that of Gopalbhog mangoes on May 20 and Laxmanbhog, Laukna and Ranipasand on May 25.
The sweetest varieties of Khirsapat or Himsagar will start coming to markets on May 28 and Langra on June 6. The picking of mango king Fazli as well as Amrapali will start on June 15 while Ashwina and BARI Mango-4 varieties can be harvested from July 10, it said.
An individual committee led by UNO will monitor safe and pesticide-free mango production, processing, transport and marketing to consumers, said the district administration.
As reported on dailyindustry.news, the committee will visit mango orchards, wholesale markets and pesticide shops to create public awareness and also hand out punishments through mobile courts to any violators of the law.