RANGPUR: Appearance of newly harvested litchi in local markets with lucrative price has made farmers happy at the beginning of harvesting season of the seasonal fruit in Rangpur agriculture division, reports BSS.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and market sources said ripe and half-ripe local varieties and some high yielding varieties of litchi already appeared in local markets with high prices now.Currently, litchi varieties like Bombay, Mozaffarpuri and Madrazi are being sold at rates between Taka 300 and 350 per every one hundred while half-ripe high yielding China-3 variety at rates between Taka 550 and 650.
Fruit trader Fazlur Rahman at Rangpur City Bazaar said litchi traders from across the country have already flocked to the region and purchased the fruit in advance from most orchard owners like in previous seasons.
Talking to the agency, Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its regional office Agriculturist Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam said farmers expecting a bumper output of litchi if the climatic conditions remained normal till June next.
The farmers are confident of reaping huge profits following outstanding blossoming in litchi trees followed by smooth formation of tender fruit amid favourable climatic conditions and frequent rainfalls this time.
“About 95 percent of litchi trees in orchards and homesteads on 1,750 hectares of land had bloomed massively this season in all five districts of the region,” Islam added.
With assistance of agriculture officials, farmers conducted better agronomic management and sprayed pesticides as per recommended dose to prevent powdery nose mildew or anthrax attack on young leaves or tender fruits resulting to bumper litchi yield.Regional Additional Director of the DAE Mohammad Ali said litchi farming has brought a silent economic revolution making hundreds of rural farmers self-reliant through its cultivation in the region.