KHAGRACHHARI: Bum-per output of Amrapali mangoes in Khagrachhari hill district has brought smile to the local growers of the summer fruit this season.
Different species of mangoes are being cultivated in Khagrachhari district such as Amrapali, Haribangha, Ranguin but out of them 90 to 95 percent is Amrapali.
After meeting local demand, a huge quantity of different varieties of mangos are being supplied to other parts of the country on a daily basis as the region has witnessed a surplus output of it, said the Deputy Director of Agriculture Extension Department, Khagrachhari district, Safar Uddin.
He further said more than thousand mango gardens in Khagrachhari district. This is a profitable business, so its demand in farmers continuously increasing. About 9,000 tonnes of mangoes have been harvested so far from the orchards on 3000 hectares. He also said the Amrapali mango is very tasty and it is poison and chemical free in hilly areas, so consumers have enough demand, as a result mango farmers no need to wait for selling their mangoes.
Mango farmer Animesh Chakma said my garden is in five acre of land and I hope I will able to sell 20 lakh taka this year. In reply a question he said we use organic fertiliser in our garden, we get good mango yield from garden. We sell poison and chemical free mango in market, so the taste and smell remain intact, as a result a lot of demand of these mangoes across the country.
Proper nurturing of orchards, combating diseases of the trees spraying pesticides as per advice of DAE officials and the overall conducive environment for the farming are considered as the reason for getting bumper yield of mango this year, he also said.
In the district many of the growers sell their mangoes in trees to the wholesalers in advance ahead of the harvest.
Production of mango this year has exceeded that in the previous years. Many of the farmers cultivated mango with the saplings of ‘Marapali’ that the district council distributed free of cost a few years back.’