Organic mango: an analysis in contrast of organic farming in Bangladesh

S. Islam, A.F. Jamal Uddin, Z.K. Roni, S. Sadia, S. Mustafiz, K. Shimasaki
Organic farming in Bangladesh still occurs largely on an experimental basis representing only 2% of the country's total cultivable land. This article presents an analysis of the current situation of the organic mango sector in Bangladesh with the aim of providing recommendations for the sector and designs a model for Bangladesh's organic farming that can link farmers with their organic markets. However, it will not be easy to achieve, but possible with the cooperation of both farmers and consumers. There have been studies on the three levels of the mango sector: production, processing, and marketing. Conventional farmers need to be willing to convert to organic farming and consumers need to be convinced to buy more organic products. To convince the farmers, technical information about organic farming has to be provided, which can be achieved by running workshops and providing examples of successful organic farms. The government could play an important role by motivating through research and extension personnel, promoting the establishment of farmers' cooperatives, helping with organic certification, and providing subsidies to encourage conversion. An appropriate policy is required to play a significant role and make the organic system more attractive in terms of economic sustainability.
Islam, S., Jamal Uddin, A.F., Roni, Z.K., Sadia, S., Mustafiz, S. and Shimasaki, K. (2020). Organic mango: an analysis in contrast of organic farming in Bangladesh. Acta Hortic. 1286, 259-268
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2020.1286.36
mango, organic farming, organic market, Bangladesh

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