‘Mango processing can help growers recoup losses’

2 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Processed food from the fallen mangoes can be the vital means of recouping its losses as farmers suffer a huge loss before harvesting of the seasonal cash crop every season.

Every year, huge quantities of green mangoes drop immaturely due to storms or other natural calamities before harvesting time causing huge financial loss to the growers, reports BSS.

Agricultural scientists and researchers mentioned that the losses can be recouped through bringing the dropped mangoes under value addition through processing after the best uses of modern technologies.

Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of Fruit Research Station, said around 20 per cent mangoes valued at around Taka 110 crore have fallen from the trees due to the super cyclone Amphan that swept the region earlier this month. The Amphan visibly took a relatively weird course making marks of its impact in Rajshahi region as well alongside the southern coastlines on May 20 causing a great loss to the mango growers as many of them are dependent on the seasonal cash crop to lead their year-round livelihood.

Dr Alim mentioned there are many opportunities of processing and preserving the fallen mangoes through adopting modern technologies to recover the financial loss of the growers. Postharvest Technology Division (PTD) of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) has developed many technologies for proper handling, processing, packaging, transportation and storage.

Dr Golam Ferdous Chowdhury, Senior Scientific Officer (Postharvest Technology and Quality Management) of PTD, said varieties of processed foods are manufactured from immature fallen mangoes after the best uses of technologies in many countries.