RANGPUR, May 05, 2017 (BSS) – The farmers, officials and experts are expecting a bumper output of the fibreless and highly tasty local variety Haribhanga mango this season in the district.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, harvest of the mango will begin from middle of June next with a possibility of an all-time record production of the fruit following favourable climatic conditions this time.
The mango is largely being cultivated in Podaganj, Zarullapur,
Rangatipara, Bangaon, Chaker Pather, Khoragach, Ruposhi, Paikarerhat,
Rukniganj, Siraj, Shukurerhat, Sikarpur, Fulchowki, Tilakpara, Kashimpur, Ucha Balua, Matherhat and other villages in all 17 unions under Mithapukur upazila.
Besides, the mango is being cultivated in Nagerhat, Chowpothirhat, Kanchabari, Gopalpur, Baroghoria, Kutubpur, and Mandalpara under Badarganj upazila, Kantabari, Palichora, Ramjiban under Sadar upazila and many villages in other upazilas of Rangpur and adjoining districts.
Horticulture specialist of the DAE Khondoker Md Mesbahul Islam said the tender Haribhanga mango has been growing superbly now amid frequent rainfalls during the past few weeks.
“Commercial cultivation of Haribhanga mango having huge demand both at home and abroad has already become popular and expands every year to bring self-reliance to hundreds of rural people in the district,” he said.
More than 6,500 farmers have cultivated the mango in 4,300 small, medium, big orchards and on the homesteads on 5,900 hectares this season in the district though its cultivation has been expanding every year all over Rangpur division.
Mango trader Babu Mian at City Market here said harvest of Haribhanga mango will begin from the next month to continue till July next when its per kg price would rise up to Taka 300 in place of Taka 60 to 70 per kg in the beginning of harvesting season.
Farmers Abu Taher, Solaiman Ali and Aiyub Ali of Podaganj village under Mithapukur upazila said they are expecting bumper production of Haribhanga mango with excellent price this time than last year.
“I have been cultivating the tasty mango during the past ten years and already achieved self-reliance through successful farming of the highly profitable mango in my orchards,” said farmer Ansar Ali of Podaganj village in the upazila.
Successful farmers Bablu Master and Golam Mostafa of village Podaganj, Lutfar Rahman of village Paikarerhat and Abdus Salam of village Akhirarhat in the upazila also predicted bumper Haribhanga mango production.
Deputy Director of the DAE SM Ashraf Ali predicted bumper production of Haribhanga mango this year in the district.