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Growing mango yield to boost export

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Growing mango yield to boost export

Growing mango yield to boost export

Although our national fruit is jackfruit, the most popular name that comes first is mango. Summer is the season of fruits. Markets are full of different kinds of fruits, including mango, jam, jackfruit, litchi, dates, watermelon, banana, guava, pineapple, and palm shells. Mangoes are particularly noteworthy among these fruits. This is because mango is at the top of Bengaliss favorite fruit list. Mangoes are now going abroad, even beyond the borders of the country. Over time, mangoes have also played an important role in the countrys economy. Moreover, mangoes are prominent in the list of export products. Mango juice is very popular all over the world. As a result, mangoes are keeping the economy of the local market running.

According to the information, 18 indigenous fruits are being cultivated commercially in the country. According to reports published in the media, Bangladesh ranks second in the world in jackfruit production, seventh in mango production, eighth in guava production, and 14th in papaya production. The top mango-producing countries in the world are India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico, Bangladesh, Brazil, Nigeria, and the Philippines.

The main major mango-importing countries include the United States, Netherlands, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Malaysia, France, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Portugal, Thailand, etc. Bangladesh has huge potential to export mangoes abroad. Mango season usually starts in May in our country. Mangoes can be a powerful source of foreign exchange earnings if the export of mangoes abroad increases further to meet the countrys demand.

In the last 10 years, there has been a wonderful revolution in mango cultivation in Bangladesh. Production has doubled. With planned production and commercialization facilities, mangoes are expected to become one of the export commodities. 10 years ago, mango production in the country was 12 lakh 55 thousand tons. And in 2018-19, it increased to 23 lakh, 72 thousand tons.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, mango cultivation has grown at the highest rate in the world in the last 18 years. Per capita consumption has doubled in 10 years, with production of fruit increasing at an annual rate of 16 percent. 10 years ago, Bangladesh was ranked 10th in mango production in the world. In 2018, Bangladesh ranked seventh in mango production due to the development of new high-yielding varieties of mango, the expansion of cultivation across the country, the tireless efforts of farmers, and the use of modern technology. According to information from the Department of Agriculture Extension, about 1,757 tons of mangoes were exported by air in 2022.

Growing mango yield to boost export

Growing mango yield to boost export

In the last financial year, seven varieties of mangoes, including Khirsapati, Himsagar, Gopalbhog, Lengra, and Arapali, were exported. According to the Export Promotion Bureau, fresh and dried mangoes worth $29,429 were exported from July to March of the fiscal year 2022-23: 2,36,027 US dollars in 2021-22, 4019 US dollars in 2020-21, and 3663 US dollars in 2018-19. The challenge here is to maintain the quality of mangoes, right from the collection of production mangoes to packaging and reaching consumers. Mango is one of the favorite fruits of the people of Bangladesh.

Since ancient times, this agricultural product has been fulfilling the demand for fruits in a specific season in the villages of the country. The number of planned mango orchards is now increasing, if not once. From the production of these mangoes to marketing, many peoples lives and livelihoods are involved in this season. Moreover, there is a year-round market for processed mangoes, even at the end of the season. So if we can use our king of fruits planned for the future, it will be possible to make a significant contribution to the economy. The export volume is very low compared to the mango produced in Bangladesh.

According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) accounts Yes, last year mango production in the country was about 27 lakh tons. This time, instead of increasing production, there is a fear that it will decrease by one-third. Those concerned believe that the main reason for the hostile weather is climate change. According to DA sources, a record 3,45 tons of mangoes were exported from Bangladesh last year, which was an increase of 73 percent over the previous year. Despite all fears, there will be hope that Bangladeshi mangoes will conquer the world this year as well.

The writer is an essayist

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