As the winter season says goodbye, hundreds of thousands of mango trees have started flowering in Rajshahi region, famous for the production of the seasonal delicious mango fruit nationwide.
Huge blooming at mango trees at this stage predicts an excellent production of the most popular fruit in the region this season, if the climatic conditions remain favourable till its harvesting period.Principal Scientific Officer of Fruit Research Station (FRS) Dr Alim Uddin said the prevailing climate condition is suitable to blossom in mango trees.
He said hundreds of thousands of mango trees have already blossomed and worn eye-catching looks with huge flowers. Flowering in mango trees began in the mid-January and continues till mid-March, he added.
Around 55 to 60 percent mango trees have already sprouted in Chapainawabganj while 65 to 70 percent in Rajshahi as the remaining mango trees are expected to sprout by mid-March in some cases, he continued.
On behalf of the FRS, many of the grassroots mango farmers were imparted training to yield maximum output side by side with safe production after the best uses of modern technologies, Dr Alim added.
Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Deb Dulal Dhali said the farmers have been caring and taking measures for making mango farming successful everywhere.
The farmers have been keeping contacts with the agriculture officers at the field levels to control the possible attacks by hoppers and some other pest attacks on the mango flowers.There is around 35 lakh mango trees of different ages on some 23 thousand hectares of land in the region, said the DAE officials concerned.
The number of growing mango trees has been increasing in the region for the last couple of years. Mango, the leading seasonal cash crop of the northwestern region, vitalizes the overall economy of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts.
After witnessing the present climate condition, both the growers and the officials are very much optimistic about high yield of the seasonal fruit.
Abul Hossain, a farmer of Mazar Diar village in Paba Upazila, said buds started appearing in mango trees this season before the end of winter.