Call for applying modern techniques to boost mango production

Published : 01 Jul 2022 09:40 PM

Using modern farming technologies and  techniques and practicing post-harvest management can be the best way of  maximizing the immense potentiality of mango production in the region,  including its vast barind tract.

Utmost importance should be given on bringing the growers under need-based  training and knowledge sharing on using modern techniques and post-harvest  management so that they could be benefited more.

Scientists and researchers came up with the observation while addressing a  daylong farmers training titled "Modern Techniques and Post-harvest  Management in Mango Production" in the city on Friday.

Fruit Research Station (FRS) of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute  (BARI) organised the training at its conference room discussing and devising  nways and means on how to disseminate and reach modern mango farming  techniques among the grassroots farmers.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Komolaranjan Das  addressed the opening ceremony as the chief guest while Director General of  Bangladesh Sugar Crop Research Institute Dr Amzad Hossain and former Chief  Scientific Officer of FRS Dr Alim Uddin spoke as special guests.

With FRS Principal Scientific Officer Dr Shafiqul Islam in the chair,  Principal Scientific Officers of On-Farm Research Division of BARI Dr Saidur  Rahman and Dr Jagadish Chandra Barman also addressed the session,  disseminating their expertise on the issue.

Komolaranjan Das mentioned that the field-level fruit researchers and  scientists should discharge their duties with highest sincerity and honesty  for disseminating the information about the modern methods and technologies  to the farmers.

He said large-scale promotion of bio-rational pest management in mango  farming has become crucial for boosting the mango production side by side  with reducing usages of toxic chemical pesticides and different insects and  pests in the delicious fruit cultivation of the region.

Mr Das urged the attending farmers to follow the guidelines of the field- level agricultural officials and scientists during mango farming.

He said using chemical pesticides on farm lands is always harmful to soil and  public health, crops and environment, adding: "So, it is urgent for promoting  bio-rational pest management widely."

Dr Alim Uddin said BARI has developed a number of bio-rational-based  integrated pest management technologies and has been reaching those to  farmers level through various training and motivational programmes.

There is no alternative to bring all the mango farmers under requisite  awareness for promotion of modern technologies to make the mango harvesting  and marketing process safe and hygienic.

He said modern technologies need to be promoted commercially in mango  orchards in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts during the coming pre- harvest season to protect mango from pest attack besides facilitating the farmers to get quality and better yield.

Mango is the leading seasonal cash crop of the country's northwest region and  it dominates the economy in the two districts which were famous for the  delicious fruit.

Around 40 mango farmers in the district joined the training.