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First ever mango export to UK supermarket begins


Newsworldbd.com -17.05.2015

product_20KGBangladesh has started exporting mangoes to the United Kingdom’s supermarkets creating a huge commercial prospect for growers to get higher prices of their best quality produce.

The first shipment of mango will enter the Walmart Chain Shop in UK in current season and it is the first export of Bangladesh’s mangoes to mainstream international supermarket.

This was revealed yesterday at the opening ceremony of mango export in the Giasuddin Milky Conference room of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), reports BSS.

The mango export to UK will open door of earning foreign currencies and will also help the government to start for product diversification, said Shubhashish Bose, Vice-Chairman of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

Bose was addressing the inauguration ceremony of mango export to Walmart as the chief guest at the Department of Agriculture Extension auditorium yesterday.

“I am really excited to say that mangoes from Bangladesh have market access to UK’s chain shop, meaning it will open a gateway for other supermarkets in Europe,” said Mike Robson, representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to Bangladesh.

Mango exports to European markets will ensure better livelihood of Bangladeshi farmers for receiving high prices of mangoes, he said.

In the last mango season, FAO and Hortex Foundation in collaboration with DAE arranged field visits of UK international experts of mango at three growing areas — Satkhira, Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi and made a sample shipment of nine mango varieties to International Procurement Logistics (IPL), said a Senior Value Chain Expert of Hotex Foundation, Md Saleh Ahmed.

He said ASDA, one of UK’s leading submarket chains under Walmart Group, selected three mango varieties –  Himsagar, Langra and BARI Aam-3 (Amrupalli).

This year, as many as 180 farmers under nine upazilas in three districts of Satkhira, Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi have been registered to supply mangoes, Saleh said, adding that “These collected mangoes will be exported through ensuring adequate safety and package standard.”

As mangoes produced from Sathkhira came to market two or three weeks earlier than Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj, a total of 2.73 metric tons of mangoes from the districts were exported today, he added.

In the current season, another shipment of mangoes will be exported to the UK supermarkets when mangoes of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj are matured.




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