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Bangladesh Has BDT80 Billion Mango Market in the World

| Navid Ahmed |

Bangladesh has a huge potential in exporting mangos as the country is believed to have a market of about BDT80 billion for this summer fruit. "Bangladesh is the seventh largest mango producing country in the world. To produce safe and quality mangoes, 'global agriculture practice', 'good agricultural practice', and 'good handling practice' should be followed," said Abdur Rahim, professor of horticulture at Bangladesh Agriculture University at a national dialogue. DCCI and USAID's Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Project jointly organized the national dialogue on "Enabling Policy Environment for Safe Mango Marketing" at DCCI auditorium in the city. Abdur Rahim said formalin is not used for ripening mango because it is neither a ripening agent nor a storage agent. About the use of calcium carbide for ripening mangoes, he said it is harmful for human body and it is strictly prohibited in Bangladesh. Speaking as chief guest at the dialogue, additional secretary of the commerce ministry, Munshi Shafiul Haque, said the government has increased its monitoring tools to ensure safe food for people. "The government is providing all sorts of supports to the mango growers as a result of which Shatkhira district has become another mango hub after Rajshahi," he added.

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