Bangladesh has started exporting mangoes to Hong Kong (HK), the first time in the country’s history.
Rajshahi-based MTB Agro and Garden exported the mangoes to HK.The mangoes belonged to the varieties of Amropali and BARI-4. They were supplied from an orchard in Shibganj of Chapainawabganj district.
A flight of national carrier Bangladesh Biman left Dhaka recently with the cargo carrying the mangoes, said the sources concerned.
The mango export is being considered as a new progress in the country’s exports of fruits and vegetables.
Md Mahtab Ali of MTB Agro and Garden said they finally succeeded in removing all barriers in mango export after five months of struggles.
He said they had finally overcome the obstacles and exported two types of mango to Hong Kong. Md Mahtab Ali said he had directly communicated with Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of Hong Kong to find the process of exporting fresh fruits to Hong Kong.
He said they had exported the mangoes to Axiom Resources Ltd, a company based in Hong Kong.Md Mahtab Ali, a Hong Kong-based mango exporter, also said he exported the Amrapali, Fazli and Bari-4 mangoes sourcing from the orchard of Ahsan Habib of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj.
“I have been able to establish a brand image by packing and supplying safe and healthy mango baskets to a few well-known local shopping malls and companies,” he said.
“I am packing the most advanced and visually pleasing boxes that are attractive and suitable for gift giving,” Ali added.
He said his company would continue efforts to explore new export destination for mangoes.
He said Bangladesh has different other varieties of mangoes for exports like Khirsapat mangoes, third GI (Geographical Indicator) product of Bangladesh, with Bangladesh flag and make “our product known to the people all over the world.” “In accordance with Hong Kong's mango export policy, we tested the mangoes in the Pesticide Analytical Laboratory Entomology Department of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI),” Ali said.
“We then submitted the report to Hong Kong authorities along with exported mangoes,” he said.
According to the international rules, the country of origin exporting perishable fresh vegetables and fruits need to present Phytosanitary Certificate.
This certificate certifies that the mangoes do not have anything harmful for human.
This requires a very sensitive and expensive MRL (Maximum Residue Level) test.