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Agri-inputs to be given timely to boost mango yield: Minister

Special Correspondent error 2024-06-10, 10:51pm

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Agri-inputs to be given timely to boost mango yield: Minister



Dhaka, June 10 - Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdus Shahid said that the production of several crops including mangoes has decreased due to the excessive heat this year.

“In order to increase agricultural production, farmers will be supplied with fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and all agricultural materials on time,” Dr Shahid said, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the mango export program at the central packing house in the capital’s Shyampur on Monday afternoon.

The minister said that Bangladeshi mangoes have a good reputation and demand in different countries. 

“If mangoes are supplied from Bangladesh to the mainstream supermarkets of developed countries, the export volume of mangoes will increase to a large extent and the mango producers will get more profit,” he added.

The Minister said the export of mangoes can play a profitable role to increase foreign income.

The government is implementing various measures to earn a significant amount of foreign exchange through mango export, he informed.

Addressing the mango exporters, the minister said that the central packing house at Shyampur has been modernized and strengthened to increase mango exports. “We are working to remove other barriers too.”

Although the export of mangoes was officially inaugurated today, around 189 metric tons of ‘Gopalbhog’ and ‘Himsagar’ variety of mangoes have been exported to 15 countries since the last week of May. Today, 25 metric tons of mangoes will be exported to England, Germany, Italy and France in 14 consignments.

This year, the Ministry of Agriculture has set a target of exporting 3,100 metric tons of exportable mangoes of Gopalbhog, Himsagar, Amropali, Fazli, Surma Fazli, and Bari-4 varieties to around 38 countries.

In 2023, a total of 3,092 metric tons of mangoes were exported to 38 countries.-UNB