The district administration issued a notice fixing the dates for harvesting different varieties of mangoes on Thursday Collected/BSS
After meeting the local demand, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts have a target of exporting 300 tons of mango to European and Middle Eastern countries
Mango harvesting of the current season is going to start on May 15 across the Rajshahi to ensure natural ripening of the seasonal delicious fruit.
To this end, district administration issued a notice fixing the dates for harvesting different varieties of mangoes after holding a meeting with officials of all line departments virtually on Thursday.
The notice signed by Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil also asked the growers and others concerned not to harvest mango before the stipulated date.
According to the administrative decision, the farmers can pluck local varieties from May 15 while harvest of Gopalbhog mangoes will commence on May 20 and Laxmanbhog, Laukhna and Ranipasand varieties will start on May 25.
The sweetest varieties of mango – like Khirsapat and Himsagar – will start coming to markets on May 28, while Langra will begin on June 6. Harvest of Fazli and Amrapali will start on June 15.
The notice also said Ashwina and BARI Mango-4 varieties can be harvested from July 10.
Talking to BSS on the issue, Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil said the district administration will remain vigilant against harvesting and marketing of immature mango. Law enforcing agencies and upazila administrations were already given instruction to this end.
He also said there will be adequate measures to make the transportation and marketing of mango successful.
Meanwhile, after meeting the local demand, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts, nationwide famous for mango production, have set the target to export 300 tons of mango to different European and Middle Eastern countries during the forthcoming harvesting season, reports BSS.
President of Rajshahi Agro Food Producer Society Anwarul Haque said mangoes produced in Rajshahi are being exported to various European and many other countries every year, which is good news for Rajshahi people.
All stakeholders including farmers must have to produce quality mangoes maintaining its highest value, if they want to continue export of mangoes to Europe’s chain shops.
He said many farmers and value chain actors got the necessary training on best agricultural practices and with that, they started exploring the high-value export markets.
Haque added that the highest quantity of mango had been exported in 2016. Mango earns almost twice as much profit from exports than it does from local markets.