RANGPUR: The litchi growers of Rangpur are happy with good yield and fair price of their produce.
Litchi is selling for good prices after it hit the market a week ago, growers and traders are happy who had earlier feared price fall of the popular summer fruit.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and farmers said harvesting of the most popular, fleshy and juicy seasonal fruit continues in full swing now with abundant supply in local markets.
Hundreds of laborers are engaged in harvesting, packaging and marketing of litchi in Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts.
“Farmers are getting bumper output of comparatively big-sized and fleshier litchi following frequent rainfalls during the fruit formation period,” said AD of DAE for Rangpur Md Emdad Hossain Sheikh.
Farmers have cultivated litchi on around 2,200 hectares of land and the production might cross 22,000 tonnes worth about Taka 210 crore this year in the region.
The DAE officials and market sources said harvest of the ‘Bombay’, ‘Mozaffarpuri’ and ‘Madrazi’ and China-2 variety litchi is nearing completion with plenty of supply and better market price making both growers and traders happy.