Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque has urged Bangladesh’ juice manufacturers to buy more mangoes this year as marketing of farm produces have become a big challenge at this time due to the pandemic. He also mentioned that the government will extend all-out support to growers and traders in selling and marketing easily all the seasonal fruits like mango, litchi, watermelon, jackfruit at this time.
The minister came up with the statement while speaking at an online views-exchange meeting on sales and marketing of seasonal fruits and agriculture products, reports UNB. The participants at the meeting, including a former minister, incumbent junior ministers and experts, put forward a number of suggestions for saving the fruit growers as well as ensuring the smooth marketing of seasonal fruits.
The agriculture minister said coronavirus pandemic has adversely affected the transportation of agricultural produce, including seasonal fruits.
The growers are now unable to sell their produces as wholesale traders have lost interest in buying those while transport costs have doubled by the time, Abdur Razzaque said. Marketing of farm produces have become a big challenge at this time of unprecedented scale of pandemic, he said adding that the government is working on it.
Attending the online meeting, former Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury said it is necessary to ease the movement of trucks on roads. If seasonal fruits can be purchased from farmers and provided to police and army barracks, hospitals, prisons, and government offices, then the mango-marketing crisis could be resolved easily, Matia said.