PRAN, one of the biggest agro-based industries in the country, has started mango collection and pulping activities. This year’s mango purchasing began on May 28 and it will continue until the supply of mango.
A program was arranged on Monday at PRAN Agro Ltd factory in Natore on the occasion of the inauguration of pulping activities. Hazrat Ali, General Manager of PRAN Agro Limited Factory, said PRAN has started collecting a large amount of mango directly from the company’s contract farmers from Rajshahi, Natore Chapai Nawabganj, Naogaon, Dinajpur, Meherpur and Satkhira.
This year, PRAN sets target to purchase 60,000 metric tons of mangoes for the season.
‘‘We receive the mangoes at the factory after testing through quality control. Later, we check whether the mangoes are ripe, lean or rotten. Then, those mangoes are sent to laboratory for necessary tests, including formalin and PH. We also check the weight of the collected mangoes. After passing the laboratory test, the mangoes are sent to factory for processing. Pulp is collected and then preserved following aseptic technology. The advantages of this technology are to preserve the pulps for one year maintaining its taste and freshness without freezing.’’
‘‘From the pulp various kinds of mango drinks, mango bar and other food items, including jelly are produced in different factories of PRAN Group. Besides pickles are made from green mangoes,’’ he added.
Hazrat further said, the factory currently employees seven thousand people. Moreover, employment opportunities for two to three thousand people have been created during mango season of which 90 percent are women.
Md. Kamruzzaman, Senior Manager, Contract Farming Department of PRAN Agro Business Limited, said “PRAN collects mangoes from its 16,000 contractual farmers. The farmers get necessary assistance from the company including training of using fertilizer and pesticides. As a result we get good outcome and the farmers are getting guarantee to sell their mangoes.”
Zeaul Haque, Assistant General Manager (PR) at PRAN-RFL Group and Abdul Kader Sarker, Senior Manager (Admin) at PRAN Agro Limited Factory were present at the program.