Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts have set the target to export 300 tons of mangoes to different European and Middle East countries during the current harvesting season
Rajshahi, the mango capital of Bangladesh is now crowded with mango traders as the growers have been coming with huge amounts of the delicious fruit to the market since Saturday morning, abiding by the instruction of local administration amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to local sources, like the previous years, juicy and delicious indigenous varieties have appeared in Rajshahi markets as farmers and traders have started harvesting the mangoes.
A ban on mango harvesting and marketing had been imposed in the district till May 14 to give optimum time for natural ripening of the delicious seasonal fruit.
According to the administrative decision, the farmers can pluck local varieties from May 15 while harvesting of Gopal Bhog mangoes will commence on May 20 and Laxmanbhog, Laukhna and Ranipasand varieties will start on May 25.
District administration took the decision to prevent adulteration in the mango ripening process using harmful chemicals.
Abdul Awal, deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said most of the mangoes will mature and ripen within the stipulated time and then those can be harvested normally.
He said some of the indigenous varieties of mangoes have already ripened. However, the other delicious and famous varieties- -Gopalbhog, Khirshapat and Langra– need some more days to be ripened.
District administration is closely monitoring the harvesting of mangoes in addition to extending all necessary facilities to the farmers and traders for harvesting and marketing of the seasonal fruits.
Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil urged all concerned to follow the timeframe of mango harvesting for the sake of public interests.
Targets set for the year
Officials said mangoes have been cultivated on 26,150 hectares of areas in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts where it’s expected to yield 2,44,000 tons of mangoes this year.
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. Ashwina and BARI Mango-4 varieties can be harvested from July 10.
Mango groves were also nurtured on 12,671 hectares of land in Naogaon district where the target was fixed to produce 1,61,242 tons of mangoes while Natore district is expected to produce 56,021 tons of mangoes on 4,823 hectares of land.
Meanwhile, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts which are famous nationwide for mango production, have set the target to export 300 tons of mangoes to different European and Middle East countries during the current harvesting season.
To achieve the target, mangoes are being fruit bagged after the best use of modern technologies in the two districts at present. Apart from this, the best quality mangoes are being produced for export to foreign countries.
President of Rajshahi Agro Food Producer Society Anwarul Haque said mangoes produced in Rajshahi are being exported to various European and many other countries for the last couple of years, which is good news for Rajshahi people.