Rangamati is a district in south-eastern Bangladesh. Recently, organic mangoes produced in its Naniarchar region are being exported to several European countries -including Italy and the United Kingdom- for the first time. The export was a joint initiative of the district's Department of Agricultural Extension and Horticulture Centre.
The authorities have set a target of harvesting 50,550 tonnes of mangoes from 3,370 hectares of orchard, sources said, adding that so far 2,600 kg of mangoes were exported to Italy and 500 kg to UK. There is demand for about eight tonnes of mangoes in several other countries, sources say.
"Mangoes produced in the country's hilly areas have different taste than those produced in other areas. Earlier, we found difficulty to even take our mangoes to local markets due to poor communication. From this year, we have started exporting the mangoes produced in Rangamati. We are hopeful that we would be able to export a thousand tonnes of mangoes from the hills every year," said Paban Kumar Chakma, deputy director of DAE in Rangamati.
"We are also providing regular trainings to the cultivators on how to nurture the trees for better harvest of the fruit to this end," the official added.