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Europe to soon feast on luscious Bangladeshi mangoes

  • Published at 01:29 pm May 22nd, 2021
At Satkhira’s Sultanpur Barabazar,
Mango has been cultivated in more than 5,000 orchards in Satkhira this season with a production target of 40,000 tons Dhaka Tribune

Some 4,000kg of Himsagar have been sent to Italy, France and London under a special project called SaFal 

The supple flesh and intense flavour of the luscious mango from Bangladesh's Satkhira district are all set to drive Europeans mad.  

Mango exports from Bangladesh for the 2021 season has started, with the first consignment of the Himsagar variety leaving for three European countries on Friday.

Some 4,000kg of Himsagar mangoes from the orchard of Hafizur Rahman in Sadar upazila's Madhabkati Choygharia have been sent to Italy, France and London -- thanks to a special project called SaFal started by Solidaridad Network Asia with financial assistance from the Netherlands.

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. 

Satkhira's deputy commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal inaugurated the export activities in the district on Friday. 

"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. 

According to the local agriculture office, mango has been cultivated in more than 5,000 orchards in Satkhira this season with a production target of 40,000 tons. 

The Khirshapat mangoes from Chapainawabganj, popularly known as Himsagar, last year has received the Geographical Indication (GI) as the third product from Bangladesh, following Ilish fish and jamdani sari.

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 most popular and tastiest varieties of mangoes that are produced in Bangladesh, making up about 20-25% of the total mango production in the country each season.

This variety is also on the top of the mango export list. Meeting the local demands, Khirshapat is exported to many countries of Europe and the Middle East.

Officials believe the GI tag will not only inspire farmers to boost production but also help strengthen the economy of the country.

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