Chapainawabganj: Growers and businesses here are hopeful of harvesting and bringing their mangoes to the market within the next two weeks, reports UNB.
Matiur Rahman, a mango trader of Sadar upazila’s Baliadangi area, said they are going to harvest delicious ‘Gopalbhog’ and ‘Guti’ mangoes within 15 days.Gradually, they will start harvesting Khirsapat, Lengra, Fajli, Amrapali, Ashwina and other varieties, he said.
Babul Islam, another mango businessman, said people should buy mangoes after examining whether those are really from Chapainawabganj or not. Some are selling low-quality mangoes produced in Satkhira, Dinajpur, Meherpur and other areas with Chapainawabganj tags.
Abdur Rakib, a mango grower of Chapainawabganj municipal area, said, “Hope, there’ll be increased demand for Khirsapat this time as it has been registered as a Geographical Indication (GI) Bangladeshi product. And we’ll get the fair price.
Abdul Wahed, President of Chapainawabganj Mango Merchant Organisation, said mango traders suffered a loss of Tk 500 crore last year due to hailstorm and low prices.
Manjurul Huda, Deputy Director of Chapainawabganj Agriculture Extension Department (DAE), said, “The production of mangoes is satisfactory this year. But, the department is advising growers to be careful about Hopper insect attack due to the increased heat.”
According to sources at the DAE, 31,820 hectares of land were brought under mango cultivation in five upazilas of the district in 2019 which was 21,000 hectares in 2007. Over 275000 metric tonnes of mangoes were produced in the district in 2018.