RAJSHAHI: After the Eid celebration, mango trading has gained momentum in different markets of Rajshahi and Chapainawabgonj districts with appearance of several varieties of the fruit in the markets of Rajshahi, reports BSS.
The markets famous for mango business including Baneswar, Shaheb Bazar, Haragram, Upashahar, Shalbagan, Rajabari, Godagari, Kansat and Rohanpur have got an eye-catching look amidst bumper production.Montu Sarker, lease-holder of Baneswar Bazar, said farmers and traders have started harvesting mango after getting instruction from the district administration this year. That’s why mangoes are appearing in the big market for the last 20 to 25 days as Gopalbhog, Himsagar, Langra, Lakhna and some other indigenous varieties have ripened naturally.
He said at least ten truck mangoes are being transported to various markets across the country including the capital city Dhaka from here. Like the previous years, people from across the country are coming to Rajshahi and its outskirts especially Baneshawar Bazar to buy quality juicy mangoes.
Forman Ali, a wholesale trader said Langra and Himsagar mangoes are being sold at Taka 2,000 to 2,400 per mound according to quality while the native varieties are sold at Taka 1,000 to 1,500. He also said around 2,500 mound mango is arriving here every day. Mango business will reach its peak after next seven to eight days when all the improved varieties including Fazly will be harvested.
Besides the market, hat and other growth centres, the mango-based trade and business has changed the rural economic scenario of the region as a whole.
“We are selling 30 mounds of mangoes at Taka 2,000 to 2,200 per mound every day,” said Jamal Uddin, a mango trader of Shaheb Bazar. The daily selling rate will hit 80 to 90 mounds when all the major varieties will arrive, he added.
Centering the marketing of mango, also an important cash crop in the region, a large number of people are involved in various types of works like harvesting, segregating, transporting and marketing.Meanwhile, around 40 tonnes of mangoes are now being supplied and transported from Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts to different parts of the country including the capital city Dhaka every day. In addition to the passenger-coach, train, truck and other private vehicles, huge mangoes are being transported all over the country by the courier services every day.
Deb Hulal Dhali, Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension, said mango was cultivated on 26,150 hectares of land with a production target of 2.44 lakh metric tons in Chapainawabganj, 12,671 hectares with production target of 1.62 lakh metric tons in Naogaon and 56,021 metric tons production target from 4,823 hectares in Natore district.
Apart from this, mangoes were cultivated in 16,961 hectares of mango orchards in Rajshahi district last year. This year the figure rose to 17,463 hectares with around 24.27 lakh trees. If there is no major natural calamity, mango production is expected to reach 2.18 lakh metric tons in the district this year, Agriculturist Dhali added.
Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of Fruit Research Station, said mango farming is increasing every year and the gardeners are earning huge profits by cultivating high yielding and hybrid varieties like Amropali side by side with the traditional and popular indigenous varieties.