RAJSHAHI: Litchi growers are passing busy days in nursing the trees as huge litchi buds have grown in the region this year making the farmers optimistic of getting a good yield, reports BSS.
In the litchi-producing areas, the growers are very busy for taking care of their trees with hope of getting more yield.Commercial litchi farming has started at Raipara, Bulanpur, Chhotobongram and Katakhali areas of the city. Besides, litchi is also being cultivated at Baghmara, Durgapur, Puthia, Paba and Godagari upazilas of the district.
The farmers said they are taking great care of their litchi plants by spraying medicines. Last year, many litchis were damaged due to storm and the farmers incurred loss. This year they are hoping to recover the losses.
Manzurul Haque, District Training Officer in Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said there were frequent rainfalls since the time of flowering. So far, the weather is in favour of litchi cultivation. So this year, the farmers are expecting bumper litchi yield.
He said more than thousand farmers have become successful in cultivating litchi. There are more than one hundred litchi orchards in the region including its Barind tract. In addition to the gardens, high yielding China-3, Bombay and Madrazi variety litchis are being cultivated on homesteads.
Litchi grower Monsur Rahman said they are earning excellent profits every year through farming litchi on their orchard.
Abul Hashem, a school teacher, said he has cultivated 40 litchi trees on two bighas of land last year and he sold litchis worth Tk. 250,000 from his orchard.Traders from various places including Dhaka, Chattogram and Barisal come here to buy litchis every year.
Farmer Akbar Ali of Amgachhi Village in Durgapur Upazila said, “If the weather remain good till the end, the litchi yield will be good. We are watering the trees everyday so that the litchis don’t fall.