Even though there have been a drought and heat waves, mango production in Bangladesh is set to reach a new record in FY2022-23, according to top officials of the Horticulture Wing of the Department of Agriculture Extension.
Horticulture Wing Director (in-charge) and agronomist K.J.M. Abdul Awal said that due to natural calamities, mango production had dropped last fiscal year. But learning from that, the wing’s officials coordinated with other agricultural officers from different DAE wings and took the required steps.
“Based on the market scenarios and our calculation, there would be a record production of nearly 2,55 mln tons of mangoes this year, up from 2,35 mln tons in FY2021-22,” he added.
Horticulture Development Officer and agronomist A.B.M. Shah Emran stated that more people are getting interested in adopting commercial horticulture which is facilitating the land to be even larger over the years. He said that in FY2010-11, some 105,000 tons of fruits were produced on 630,000 hectares of land. In FY22, the country produced more than 143,000 tons of fruits in total on 734,000 hectares of land across the country.
The situation is similar in mango production as well. The land coverage for mango cultivation went up to 202,968 hectares in FY22 from 167,760 hectares in FY2015-16, he added.