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23 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Low production pushes up mango prices

Our Correspondent, Rajshahi
Low production pushes up mango prices
Mango traders and buyers at Banesshar haat, the biggest mango market of the district, passing a busy time. Independent Photo

Mango lovers in Rajshahi have to dig deeper into their pockets this season as limited production has pushed up prices, mango traders say. Buyers say they long to enjoy the juicy mangoes, but cannot afford to buy them. A section of unscrupulous traders has jacked up prices, they allege.

In the Rajshahi markets, Khirsapat (Himsagar) is being sold  for Tk. 65 per kg in this mid-season. Gopalbhog and most of the Guti variety mangoes have almost gone off the market with the arrival of Himsagar, Langarah, Mohanovog and Amrupali.

Last year, mango prices were lower due to a good mango yield. But limited production this year, pushed up prices from the start of the season, said Motin Mollah, a mango trader at the Sheriol bus terminal area. He also said that Khirsapat was being sold for Tk. 2,600 per maund on Tuesday, while Langra and Amrupali were selling for Tk. 2,200 per mound at the city’s Shaheb Bazaar.

Another mango trader said people are consuming less this year because Ramadan fell at the beginning of the mango season. This led to a slow business for mango dealers. The demand for the summer fruit increased after Eid-ul-fitre, but low production has kept prices a bit high, said traders.

Hafizur Rahman Khan, secretary of the Rajshahi Agro Food Producers' Society, said low production this season has kept prices of all varieties rather high. There was little chance of the prices coming down, he added.

Anwarul Haque, a mango grower from the city, said a good weather and pre-monsoon rain had promised a good harvest. But several hailstorms and nor'westers did considerable harm to the crop.

In this season, around 18,000 hectares of land have been brought under mango cultivation and a target production of 2,13,426 metric tons has been set for the district.

 

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