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Producers and traders are betting big on the mango trade this season

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April 17, 2022 10:50:14 a.m.


Gardeners and businesses are betting on a good mango trade this season after two years of pandemic-induced losses.

Although flowering is less this season in a few areas, the existing berries have raised the hopes of farmers and traders for normal trade without lockdown – worth Tk 60 billion – this year.

Over 1.1 million tons of mangoes are expected to be produced from 0.12 million hectares of commercial gardens in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Natore, Pabna, Rangpur, Satkhira and parts of the hilly districts of Chattogram division, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

Apart from commercial farms, households are also expecting an additional 1.4 to 1.5 million tons of juicy fruit this year from trees on the farm, the DEA said.

According to Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM), Chambers of Commerce and Industries of respective mango districts and Bangladesh Mango Growers Association (BMPMA), the mango worth Tk 60 billion is expected to be marketed in 2022 from commercial farms if the weather remains good for the next two months.

Mango tourism has already started in full swing in the districts of Chapainawab-ganj, Naogaon, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Satkhira and Pabna as traders from across the country flocked to the areas much earlier to reserve the trees that would bear fruit in the May-August period, insiders said.

“I have already sold the mangoes from two of my gardens to a Dhaka-based trader,” said Kabirul Biswas, a garden owner at Nachol in Chapainawabganj.

Mr Biswas said he sold the gardens on six hectares of land for 0.95 million taka in the last week of March.

He said last year (2021) he was forced to sell mangoes at only Tk 0.35 million in the local market due to lack of traders from Dhaka, Chattogram and other areas in reason for the lockdown.

And the sale was less than Tk 0.1 million in 2020 during the first lockdown period, he mentioned.

Mango capital Chapainawabganj had aimed to produce 0.304 million tonnes from its 38,100 hectares of commercial farms this year, the DAE said.

Md Nazrul Islam, deputy director of DAE in Chapainawabganj, said the amount of flowers on the trees was lower this year compared to last year.

If the existing buds on the trees mature in the absence of any natural disasters, gardeners could still get a lot out of the fruit, he said.

Production could exceed 0.25 million tonnes if the weather does not betray, he added.

Naogaon has become the top mango producing district with more than 0.4 million tonnes of production from its 29,100 hectares of commercial gardens, DAE said.

Upazilas of Porsha, Sapahar and Patnitala in Naogaon district are expecting a sale of mangoes worth 20 billion taka this year.

The additional deputy director of DAE (horticulture) in Naogaon Md Khijir Hossain said that the district is famous for the Amrapali variety of mango.

Many new gardens are also producing Himsagar, Lengra, BARI mango 4 and other varieties, he said.

Production might be a bit low in Rajshahi district this year with less flowering rate.

Md Mozder Hosen, deputy director of DAE at Rajshahi, said production has been good over the past two years. It’s normal for older trees to bear less fruit every two or three years, he said.

“But the existing green fruit will be enough for gardeners to make a profit if the weather remains normal for the next month and a half,” he added.

DAE Rangpur Deputy Manager, Md Obaidur Rahman Mondal said, “Flowering has been good in Mithapukur and Badarganj areas and we are expecting over 45,000 tons of Haribhanga and other varieties from 3,470 hectares. commercial farms.

He said farmers in Rangpur grow the late variety of delicious ‘Haribhanga’ which will help them earn good profits during the July-August period.

Manjur Ahmed Azad, Vice President of Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told FE that commercial farms have increased especially in the district where farmers are producing Haribhanga variety by following good agricultural practices.

Chairman of Bangladesh Mango Growers Merchants Association, Md Abdul Wahed told FE that mango production may decrease this year compared to last year in Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi regions due to unusual weather conditions.

But despite the decline, Mr Wahed expected normal trading which could help gardeners and traders weather the losses of the past two years.

He said the mango sector had suffered losses of more than 22 billion taka over the past two years amid the pandemic-induced lockdown. “But not a single gardener has been compensated.”

He said Gopalbhog and Himsagar mango varieties will be available in the market from next month.

“If the weather stays good by then, we can make some profit,” he said.

The country expects 2.5 to 2.6 million tonnes of mangoes this year, of which commercial gardens would account for more than 42%, according to the DAE.

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