Agricultural experts and extension officials urged the farmers to produce export quality mango in the region including its vast Barind tract for earning more foreign currency.
They mentioned need-based measures were taken to brining all the mango farmers under requisite training for promotion of modern technologies for making the mango harvesting and marketing process safe and hygienic to boost its export.
They were addressing the inaugural session of a daylong mango farmers training for exporting mango at Paba Upazila Parishad conference hall in the district on Wednesday.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organized the training where more than 100 farmers attended.
Chairman of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury and deputy director of DAE Deb Dulal Dhali addressed the session as chief and special guests respectively with Upazila Nirbahi Officer
Selim Hossain in the chair.
Additional deputy director of DAE Abdul Awal, BMDA Executive Engineer Harunur Rashid, Assistant Engineer Delwar Hossain and senior scientific officer of Mango Research Station Dr Sharaf Uddin also spoke.
Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury mentioned that modern technologies need to be promoted commercially in mango orchards in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts during the forthcoming pre-harvest season to protect mango from pest attack besides facilitating the farmers to get quality and better yield.
Mango is a leading seasonal cash crop of the country's northwest region and dominates the economy in the two districts famous for the delicious fruit.
He said there are about 30 lakh mango trees of different ages and varieties on some 32,816 hectares in the region.
If the fruit bagging method was used substantially and use of harmful chemical insecticides and pesticides could be reduced to a greater extent, the technology will open up a new door of exporting mango of the two districts, to various foreign markets, added Dr Akram Chowdhury.