Pest-free and safe mangoes produced by the farmers in Satkhira through contract farming are being exported to three European countries.
“An air shipment of eight tonnes of mango has been made to Sweden, Italy and France on Wednesday,” said Mohammad Mozibul Hoque, supply chain specialist of Solidaridad Network Asia, an international supply chain development organisation.
"The first consignment contains popular Himsagar mango, Mozibul informed," adding that the mango is also available at two super shops, Agora and Unimart, in the local market.
He said they are expecting that around 600 tonnes of mango will be produced in the Satkhira and around 200 tonnes of the produce will be exported to the EU.
Solidaridad along with the Department of Agricultural Extension and businesses developed the business model to connect the mango producers to the export and domestic retail chains.
Together with DAE and the Ministry of Agriculture, Solidaridad facilitated to frame the National Action Plan for Pest Free and Safe Mango production for Domestic Consumption and Export.
The action plan outlined the production and post-harvest management practices to produce high quality and safe mango to comply with national and international market standards.
Contract farming has been made mandatory in the action plan for the production and marketing of safe mango.
Under the business model, Solidaridad facilitated contract farming with 220 mango farmers to produce safe and quality mango to supply to the domestic and international market.
Mohammad Helal, a mango farmer in Satkhira, told daily sun that he produced Langra, Himsagor and Amrupali varieties of mango on 3 acres of land under the contract farming model.
“I sold two tonnes of Himsagor to local exporter Islami Enterprise at Tk 2500 per mound. But they rejected around 600 kg of mango during the quality inspection,” he said.
He also said he sold the remaining 600 kg mango at Tk 800 per mound in the local market.
The contract farming and the process maintained for the production of safe mango has satisfied the EU food control authority, resulting in the approval for the export of mango from Bangladesh to the EU countries.
Bangladesh ranks third in terms of production of vegetables and eighth in mango. However, the country has been unable to tap the potential of the fruits and vegetables productivity gains due to poor adoption of sustainable technologies and inadequate market infrastructure and facilities.
The market size for mango in Bangladesh is close to $1 billion a year, but the market actors are unable to respond to the growing opportunities.
Solidaridad said it has been undertaking a systematic approach to transform sustainable growth of agriculture through multi-stakeholder partnership and cooperation among the actors operating in the supply chain - from producers to consumers.
The Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Linkages (SaFaL) project of Solidaridad supported by the Dutch embassy in Bangladesh is developing business models for inclusive supply chain for production and market promotion of agricultural commodities.
SaFaL has reached 58,492 farmers to trigger and facilitate ecosystem-based economic development, turning the farmers into better agricultural entrepreneurs.