POSTHARVEST LOSSES OF MANGOES AT DIFFERENT STAGES FROM HARVESTING TO CONSUMPTION
A study was conducted to estimate the post harvest losses of seven mango varieties. A survey was carried out in Rajshahi, Meherpur, Satkhira, Chapinawabgonj and Chuadanga districts during three consecutive mango growing year from 2017 to 2019. The data were collected from 160 respondents randomly selected from the study area, and seven popular varieties of mangoes were considered for assessment of postharvest loss. The data was elicited through questionnaire and personal interview method. Postharvest losses were estimated at grower level, during transportation, storage, wholesale and retail trader level. The mango grower had grown Khirsapat, Langra, Guti, Amropali, Fazli, Harivanga and Ashwina varieties. It was observed the highest postharvest losses at farm level were quantified to be about 7.04%. Losses at wholesale market including transportation accounted for about 4.70%. Losses at retailing market, at storage unit and at consumer level accounted for about 3.66%, 3.50% and 3.50%, respectively. It was also studied that the post-harvest loses of processing 3.11%. Overall post-harvest losses in mango at different stages from harvesting to consumption were quantified which accounted for about 25.51%.