Amphan damages 20pc mangoes in Rajshahi

22 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Around 20 per cent mangoes have fallen from the trees due to the overnight gusty wind that swept over the region caused by the cyclone Amphan in the district and its adjacent areas.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamidul Haque said the extent of mango losses caused by the natural disaster might be twenty percent here. But, the preliminary eye estimation may be some more or less, he added, reports BSS.

Meanwhile, the devastation of immature mango dropping from trees has created a fresh apprehension among the mango growers over getting price from the seasonal cash crop as many of them are dependent on it to lead their livelihood.

Faridul Islam, a farmer of Bausha village under Bagha Upazila, said the catastrophe has aggravated their sufferings as they were already remained in an awkward position with the mango output amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

He said mango is one of the major cash crops in Rajshahi region as it benefits scores of people in many ways every year.

Officials said mango has been cultivated on 26,150 hectares of areas in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts where it’s expected to yield 2,44,000 tonnes of mangoes this year.

Mango groves were also nurtured on 12,671 hectares of land in Naogaon district where target was fixed to produce 1,61,242 tonnes of mangoes while in Natore district is expected to produce 56,021 tonnes of mangoes on 4,823 hectares of land.

Meanwhile, local district administration has taken a decision that mangoes from Chapainwabganj and Rajshahi will now be carried to Dhaka, Chittagong and other places of the country through trains amid the Covid-19 pandemic situation.