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Mango production likely to exceed target in Rajshahi

“Some 18,000 hectares have been brought under mango farming in Rajshahi with the production target of 2,13,426 tonnes”
RASHID RUSHO, Rajshahi
Mango production likely to exceed target in Rajshahi

Mango production this year is likely to exceed the target despite inclement weather, said Dr Alim Uddin, the principal scientific officer of Rajshahi Fruit Research Centre. In this season, some 18,000 hectares have been brought under mango cultivation and a target of 2,13,426 metric tonnes of mango production has been set in the district, he added while talking to The Independent.

Though the tasty and fleshy fruit is known as a crop of hostile weather, since it has to surmount many adverse weather conditions like nor’westers and hailstorms, Dr Alim Uddin advised patience to mango farmers and traders. He added that even after the recent spate of storms, there was a huge number of mango trees, with fruits budding from the remaining blooms.

“We have to prepare for more nor’westers and hailstorms because the season of storms has just begun. But there is no reason for the mango farmers or the consumers to be disappointed because there is still a huge number of mangoes on the trees,” he said.

But mango farmers are very disheartened by the current unfavourable weather patterns from the start of this season. Several non-seasonal hailstorms have damaged their orchards and mango blooms, they complained. As one of them put it, “Now the mangoes are acquiring the shape of marbles. If there are more nor’westers or hailstorms in this region, then we’ll face huge losses.”  

Dr Alim Uddin urged the farmers not to spray anything at this stage of mango cultivation.

Sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said if the weather condition remains suitable, the region will certainly witness a good yield of the succulent fruit this season. However, the DAE advised the growers to contact the agriculture officials for necessary support.

Meanwhile, the High Court (HC) on April 9 has ordered the government to deploy policemen at all mango orchards to prevent the use of toxic chemicals on the fruit. The order remained in force as the Supreme Court (SC) on April 16 refused to interfere in the directive delivered by the High Court in response to a government petition seeking a stay on the HC directive.

The government was also been asked to form a team comprising representatives from the district administration, police, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to monitor stores and markets to detect whether any harmful substance is being used on the fruits.

Additional superintendent of police Ifte Khayer Alam, the spokesperson of the Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), said: “We are patrolling mango orchards but not deployed permanently.”

On the other hand, the Rajshahi district administration will fix the mango harvesting schedule as in previous years. The district administration recently called a special meeting of mango farmers, traders and members of law enforcement agencies, disclosed Salim Reza, upazila nirbahi officer of Bagha. “The harvesting date will be fixed at this meeting,” he said.

However, mango trees have bloomed massively in Rajshahi district this season. Hasan Waliullah, scientific officer of Rajshahi Fruit Research Centre, said the soil and climate of many areas under the division is suitable for mango farming. As a result, its cultivation is becoming popular.

Tidy profits and the easy cultivation process encourage farmers to cultivate the fruit commercially on their lands. Its commercial cultivation is playing a vital role in changing the socio-economic condition of the region, he added. A number of varieties, including ‘lengra’, ‘gopalbhog’, ‘fazlee’, ‘amropali’, ‘khirsapati’ and ‘mohanbhog’ are grown abundantly in the region.

 

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