More than 500 tonnes of luscious mango from Bangladesh are expected to be exported to four European countries this season. The major portion of the mango consignment, around 333 tones, will be exported from Rajshahi while about 200 tones of mongo from Satkhira.
Abdul Awal, Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Rajshahi, said that around 333 tonnes of mango will be exported to Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.The consignments will include four varieties – Khirshapat, Langra, Amropaly and Totamury.
“We have selected four varieties – Khirshapat, Langra, Amropaly and Totamury- for export,” he added.
Awal said the mangoes will be exported through the Bangladesh Fruits Vegetables and Allied Products Exporters Association (BFVAPEA).
In 2019, 35.75 tonnes of Gopalbhog, Langra, Khirshapat, Amroplay and Himsagar mango varieties were exported to different European countries.
Awal said through state level, no mango was exported in 2020 because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But, 21 tonnes of mangoes were exported from Bagha and Charghat Upazilas in the district through the BFVAPEA.
Meanwhile, some four tones of Himsagar mangoes have already been sent to Italy, France and London under a special project SaFal started by Solidaridad Network Asia with financial assistance from the Netherlands.Satkhira's deputy commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal inaugurated the export activities in the district on Friday.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Satkhira, the local mango farmers expect a two-fold increase in export orders from Europe this year as the king of fruits is fast gaining popularity in the continent.
“The export activities of mangoes and other vegetables from Satkhira district under the SaFal project will continue. The DAE will supervise the activities," said Mostafa.
The Khirsapat mango of Chapainawabganj, popularly known as Himsagar, last year got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag as the third Bangladeshi product after Hilsa and Jamdani.
GI is a name or sign used on products to certify that it possesses certain qualities for being made or produced as per traditional methods or enjoys a certain reputation due to its geographical origin.
Khirshapat mangoes are one of the tastiest and account for 20-25 percent of the total mangoes produced in Bangladesh every year. This variety is exported to many countries of Europe and the Middle East every year.
Officials believe the GI tag will not only inspire farmers to boost production but also help strengthen the economy of the country.
Mango trader Shafiqul Islam of Rajshahi, who has been exporting mango to various countries since 2014, said there are huge demands of Rajshahi’s mango in foreign markets.
He said the Rajshahi mango farmers and traders are being affected badly as they are facing multifarious problems in terms of exporting the seasonal fruit due to the pandemic.
Mango export is almost double profitable than that of selling in local markets. But additional cost and care is needed for preparing the exportable mango as it requires use of modern technologies, he said.
“If we get requisite facilities in the fields of export, the volume of mango export will be boosted up to a greater extent,” he added.
Shariful Haque, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said the district administration will extend all possible cooperation to the mango farmers and traders.
The Upazila Monitoring Committee has been working to make sure only the qualitative mangoes are exported, he said.
“We are determined to brightening the country’s image abroad through the mango export,” he added.