Demands are high for mangoes produced through fruit bagging due their purity from adulterants
Farmers in the "Barendra" region of Naogaon including Porsha, Sapahar, Patnitala and Dhamoirhat upazilas have found success by using fruit bagging while farming mangoes this year.
Fruit bagging is a modern and environment-friendly method, said the agricultural division.
According to farmers, the mango production in Naogaon has surpassed that of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj. However, due to the precedence of mangoes produced in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj, the mangoes in Naogaon have not been able to gain a lot of market share.
But mango sellers are selling Naogaon mangoes at a higher price by claiming they are from Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj, said traders. Agricultural offices of the affiliated upazilas in Naogoan have started promoting Naogoan's mangoes in the current season actively.
Abdur Razzak is a successful mango farmer from Sapahar upazila in Naogaon. Last year, after using fruit bagging in around 7 acres of land, his sales shot up, and he applied the technique in 14 acres of farming land this year.
According to Razzak, fruit bagging should be used to protect mangoes from insecticides, insects and adverse weather.
Razzak thinks if the government took the initiative to aid farmers in the processes required for fruit bagging, then locals would easily get unadulterated mangoes, while exporting them would earn considerable foreign currency.
Agricultural division has said fruit bagging started from last year in Naogaon, increasing the profit of farmers. Mangoes farmed through fruit bagging have a greater demand as they remain free of insecticides and insects.
Abdur Rahim from Islampur village of Shapahar upazila said from next year, a lot of farmers will start farming mangoes using fruit bagging. Even though it carries higher costs, the profits earned by selling them cover them up.
Demands are high for these types of mangoes, said Rahim. Regardless of the higher price, customers demand unadulterated mangoes that can be produced through fruit bagging. This is pushing farmers to adopt the fruit bagging method.
Speaking on this topic, Deputy Director of District Agricultural Extension Headquarters Manojit Kumar Mollick said: "Fruit bagging is a modern and environmentally sustainable technique. Seminars are being held to raise awareness among the farmers regarding this method. The market prices of these mangoes are high due to their lack of contaminants.
"However, if the prices of the ingredients needed for this technique are lowered, it will be more widely adopted," said Manojit. "In current times, it is difficult to find anything that is not adulterated. I think fruit bagged mangoes will remain in demand in the future as well."
He added that mangoes have been farmed using fruit bagging in around 148 acres of Naogaon this year, which is six times higher than last year.