Hundred of olive growers in different districts are delighted over the market price during the current season as newly-harvested olive has started appearing in the local markets.
In Rangpur: Olive growers in different areas under Rangpur division are delighted to see a plentiful yield of the fruit during the current season.
The local cultivators claim that proper training and financial and technical assistances can pave way for large-scale commercial production of the fruit across the region.
Kamaluddin, an olive grower at Chikli Chaudhurypara village of Alampur union Taraganj upazila under Rangpur said that he has been successfully cultivating olive in his homestead for the last 20 years and selling those at good prices.
Presently, he has 15 olive trees which are full of fruits. He has already started harvesting of his produce during this season and so far earned Tk 15,000 from its sale.
Deviganj upazila of Panchagarh district is well-known for olive farming. The fruit is being cultivated abundantly in both orchards and homesteads in the upazila.
A good number of olive orchards have so far been set up in the upazila.
Sharif, an olive grower of the upazila, said he planted some 85 plants of olive in his orchard four years ago.
Most of the plants have been replete with fruits this year, he has begun harvesting those. He also expressed satisfaction over the yield of the fruit.
Witnessing his success, many people have engaged themselves in its cultivation, he also said. A good number of people of the upazila have become able to change their financial condition through olive cultivation in recent years, he added.
Khandaker Md Mesbahul Islam, Horticulture Specialist of the DAE said high land is better than low land for olive farming. Usually, olive plants get replete with flowers during the months of March to April and its harvest begins between September to November, he also said. A full-grown olive tree can produce around 250-275 kg fruits annually. Generally olive plants are not severely attacked by pest or disease, he added.
DAE sources said owing to good yield as well as satisfactory profit the peasants are expanding farming of different varieties of fruits including olive on commercial basis across eight districts under the division every year.
The department is providing adequate assistances to the farmers for enhancing fruit farming in order to improve socio-economic and nutritional conditions of the people in the region, sources added.
Additional Director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Rangpur agriculturist Mohammad Shah Alam said olive cultivators of the division have achieved a bumper production of olive and fair prices have also brought smile on the faces of them.
The official said olive cultivation is popular in the district for repeated bumper yield and favourable weather and soil.
Moreover, high market demand encourages the farmers to produce the item commercially.
Olive is selling at Tk 45 to Tk 50 per kg in the retail market.