The Regional Horticulture Centre in the Kashiani district of Gopalganj has successfully grown a new variety of mango, called the Mehedi Mango-2.
Aminul Islam, deputy director of Kashiani Horticulture Centre, explained how the Ministry of Agriculture adopted the “Year-Round Fruit Production for Nutrition Improvement” plan, which aims to make fruits available all year round so that the nutritional demands of the population are met. Dr Mehedi Masud, director of the project, went to Indonesia a year and a half ago and brought back a stem of the mango plant.
Each of the new mangoes is estimated to weigh 500 gr. The mango is fibreless and the flesh is red and yellow when ripe. Every kg is expected to sell at around Tk 200.
This unique variety will give mangoes twice a year. After collecting mangoes from the tree in October, the Mehedi 2 variety will flower again in November-December. And the mangoes can be harvested in March and April.
Md Aminul Islam, also told dhakatribune.com: "We are trying to increase mango production in various districts, including Gopalganj, by producing saplings of various fruits, including mangoes, at the horticulture centre. A very large segment of the population of the district will be able to meet their nutritional demands from fruits in the coming days."