The Chapainawabganj district administration has taken an initiative to transform a mango grove into 'Bangabandhu Live Mango Museum’ in Kansat under Shibganj upazila for the conservation of mango varieties and to expand tourism in the district based on mango.
'Bangabandhu Live Mango Museum’ is being established at Raja’s mango grove, the oldest mango orchard in the mango capital. Mango traders, producers, and locals are very happy about this initiative by the local administration.
According to the local administration, mango is the main cash crop of Chapainawabganj. The economy of this region fully depends on mango production and its price. Mangoes of many varieties including Gopal Bhog, Khirsapati, Fazli, Amrapali, Ashina, Khudi Kirsha, Brindabani, Lakshmanbhog are produced in the district. Meeting local and national demand, businessmen export mangoes to the world market.
Besides conventional and familiar mangoes, many varieties of mangoes are being produced in Chapainawabganj which have sweet taste and flavour. But, due to a lack of marketing and publicity, these mangoes are neglected in the market and mango growers do not get a good price. At one stage, farmers become discouraged to produce these tasty mangoes. As a result, many mangoes become extinct, and many more are on their way to extinction.
The district administration has taken initiative for the conservation of these mangoes through this museum. The district administration has already published an album titled ‘Mangopedia’ naming 100 popular and unpopular mangoes.
Concerned people said construction works of 'Bangabandhu Live Mango Museum’ will be completed within December this year. The construction works of the boundary wall and rest house of the mango museum have already been completed. Other works are going on in full swing.