Bumper Haribhanga mango production likely

Bumper Haribhanga mango production likely

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A bumper production of the fibreless, fleshy and highly tasty local variety “Haribhanga mango” is likely as its harvest begins from the middle of the next month in the district this season, official sources said.Horticulture specialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam predicted bumper production of the mango if the climatic condition continues to remain favourable during the next two months.
He said that frequent rainfalls since April last have been helping a lot in better growth of the tender fruit predicting better production of the local variety aristocrat mango having huge demand both at home and abroad.According to the DAE sources, commercial cultivation of Haribhanga mango has already become popular among the farmers and expands every year to bring self-reliance to hundreds of rural people in the district in recent years.More than 6,200 farmers and commoners have cultivated the mangoes in 4,200 small, medium, big orchards and also on the homesteads on over 5,700 hectares this season after producing 21,000 tonnes of the fruit worth Taka 147 crore last year in the district.The farmers are expected to produce around 22,000 tonnes of the mango worth about this season in the district alone this season as its cultivation has been expanding fast here as well as all over Rangpur division in recent years.The mango is mostly being cultivated in the orchards in Podaganj, Khoragach Purbopara, Khoragach Paschimpara, Ruposhi, Zarullapur, Rangatipara, Bangaon, Chaker Pather, Paikarerhat, Rukniganj, Siraj, Tekani, Moyenpur, Kadamtola, Lalpukur, Shukurerhat, Sikarpur, Fulchowki, Tilakpara, Kashimpur, Ucha Balua, Matherhat and other villages in Mithapukur upazila.Besides, Haribhanga is being cultivated in Kutubpur, Arunnesa, Nataram,Rustamabad, Nagerhat, Chowpothirhat, Kanchabari, Gopalpur, Baroghoria, Airamri, and Mandalpara under Badarganj upazila, Kantabari, Palichora, Ramjiban under Sadar upazila and many other villages under Pirganj upazila.According to market sources, the farmers will begin harvest of the mango from second week of June and it will continue till end of July next when it’s per kg price would rise up to Taka 300 in place of Taka 60 to 65 per kg in the beginning of harvesting season.Farmers Golam Mostafa, Ansar Ali and Bablu Master of Podaganj, Lutfar Rahman of village Paikarerhat, Abdus Salam of Akhirarhat, Jahangir Hossain and Nur Islam of other villages in the district predicted bumper Haribhanga mango production this season.Farmers Aminur Rahman, Mozaffar Hossain, Abdul Gafur, Nizamul Islam, Moazzem Hossain and Zonab Alo of different villages said they are expecting bumper production of Haribhanga mango with better price this time.The successful farmers said that they have been cultivating the tasty mango in their orchards during the past eight years and have already achieved economic self-reliance to change their fortune through successful farming of the highly profitable mango.Deputy Director of the DAE Zulfiquer Haider and Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Afzal Hossain said the farmers are being provided with the latest technologies to further boost cultivation of the prospective Haribhanga mango. -BSS, Rangpur

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