Speakers at a workshop on Wednesday stressed for producing pesticides-free mangoes to avoid health hazards.
They said mango growers are using excess chemicals on mangoes causing a great threat to human health as well as mango trees. Meanwhile, a great number of mango trees have died.
Bangladesh Mango Producer Merchants Association with the assistant of Agro-product Business Promotion Council organised the workshop on “methods of increasing production of exportable mangoes, post harvest management and prospect of the mangoes and mango-products for export”.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Kazi Ziaul Baset attended the workshop as the chief guest while Monirul Islam, president of Bangladesh Mango Producer Merchants Association, was in the chair. Three keynote papers were presented by senior scientific officers of Regional Horticulture Research Station Dr Jamir Uddin, Dr Sorof Uddin and Mosharraf Hossain.
Bholahat upazila vice chairman Lokman Ali, general secretary of Bholahat Mango Foundation Mozammel Hoque Chutu and assistant executive officer of Agro-product Business Promotion Council Anisur Rahman spoke on the occasion, among others.
The speakers said there is a bright prospect for exporting mangoes to abroad if modern methods can be implemented. They disclosed that about nine lakh tonnes of mango is produced in the country every year but it can not be exported due to faulty system of production, harvesting, storing, packaging and marketing.
Owners of mango orchards, mango dealers, mango growers and sub-assistant agriculture officers of Bholahat upazila participated in the workshop.