CHAPAINAWABGANJ: Farmers have expressed satisfaction over bumper production and prices of mangoes in Chapainawabganj district.
Mango is the main cash crop in Chapainawabganj, and this year the price of mango seems profitable in the local market, reports UNB.
The mango farmers are busy nurturing their orchards in the district.
After meeting local demand, a huge quantity of varieties of mangoes are being supplied to other parts of the country.
According to the district’s Department of Agriculture Extension, there are 37,588 hectares of mango orchards and the government has set a target to produce 4,40,956 metric tonnes of mango this year.
Production of mango this year has exceeded that in the previous years. Last year, 3.25 lakh metric tonnes of mango were produced in the district.
This correspondent spoke to some mango farmers. They said, due to the hot temperatures and inadequate rain, the average size of mangoes are a tad small, but ripe, juicy mangoes will start flooding the local markets within next week.
Serajul Islam, a mango farmer of Nashipur area in Sadar upazila, said, “This year we have seen a good yield of mango, though a drought-like situation is going on. We sprayed water on the trees to deal with the situation.”
He expected a bumper yield of mangoes if no hailstorm happens.
Abdur Rakib, another mango farmer, said, “We are happy with the local administration’s decision over not fixing the day for harvesting mangoes. We hope we will be able to provide our mangoes when they are fully matured.”
He also claimed that the market price of mango is good and if it remains so, farmers will make profit.
Azizul, another mango farmer, said that this year, the farmers saw a good yield of four varieties of mango including Fazli, Khirsapat, Bombay Khirsa and Langra.
First, the farmers will be harvesting Guti and Gopalbhog varieties of mango then the market will be flooded with Khirsapat, Langra, Fazli, Amrapali, Bari-4 and Aswina mangoes in phases, he said.
Palash Sarkar, deputy director of the district DAE, said, “This year, mango trees in the district were blessed with an abundance of blossoms, and the yield of mango is also good.”
“During drought-like situations, we asked the mango farmers to spray water on their trees,” he said.
This year, the local administration has not fixed any schedule for harvesting mangoes in Chapainawabganj.
There will be no fixed time for plucking and marketing mangoes. The fruits can be harvested only when they are matured, said Chapainawabganj Deputy Commissioner AKM Galiv Khan.
They have decided to take strict action if anyone tries to pluck and market mangoes that have not fully matured, he said.
Local administration also decided to conduct mobile court drives to check use of chemicals on mangoes, and a monitoring team will remain in force to ensure safe and chemical-free mangoes.