Sprouting begins in mango trees in Rangpur region

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RANGPUR, Feb 22, 2021 (BSS) – Sprouting in mango trees begins with the
advent of the spring signaling bumper output of the popular fruit in all five
districts of Rangpur agriculture region this season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said mango
trees in the orchards and homesteads have started wearing eye-catching
yellowish looks with excellent sprouting amid favourable climatic conditions
this year.

Farmers have already started taking care of their mango orchards and
gardens with an expectation of getting excellent yield and more profits this
time like in the previous years.

“Around 75 percent of mango trees have already bloomed with a
possibility of 95 percent sprouting by the first week of March next,” Deputy
Director of the DAE at its regional office here Agriculturist Md.
Moniruzzaman told BSS today.

The sprouting process in mango trees started little late this time
following a relatively longer winter amid foggy weather as the prevailing
climatic conditions are highly suitable now for the process.

“Hundreds of farmers have started commercial basis mango farming and
changed fortune after getting its repeated bumper production with lucrative
price in recent years in the region,” he said.

Farmers are expected to bring over 7,500 hectares of land under mango
cultivation during the current season in Rangpur agriculture region where
they cultivated the fruit on around 7,300 hectares of land during the last
2019-2020 fiscal year (FY).

Deputy Director of the DAE for Rangpur Dr. Md. Sarwarul Haque said
farmers have already started taking extensive care of the blooming mango
trees so that the fruit could grow in huge quantities leading to a bumper
output.

“The farmers are mostly cultivating popular varieties of mango like
‘Haribhanga’, ‘Mohanbhog’, BARI-4, ‘Gopalbhog’, ‘Lengra’, ‘Fazlee’,
‘Khirsapati’, ‘Chyatapori’, ‘Lakhna’, ‘Gourmoti’, ‘Amrapali’ and ‘Nakfazlee’
in the region,” he said.

He said field level officials of the DAE are assisting farmers and
suggesting them for taking proper care of blooming mango trees at the
flowering stage and controlling attacks by hoppers and other pests, if any,
on mango flowers.

“If the climatic condition, fluctuation in temperatures, rainfall,
attack by pests and insects remained within tolerable limits during the next
few months, formation of mango would be excellent to yield bumper production
this season,” Haque said.

Farmer Mukul Shah of village Chand Kuthirdanga in Badarganj upazila of
Rangpur said he has been cultivating highly tasty, popular, fibreless and
local ‘Haribhanga’ mango on his orchards on 12 acres of land for the last 12
years.

“I am expecting massive sprouting followed by formation of tender
mangoes in the trees to ultimately get a bumper production of the fruit this
session from,” he said.

Farmer Jahangir Alam of village Jarullapur Bakultala in Mithapukur
upazila of Rangpur said sprouting continues in ‘Haribhanga’ mango trees of
his orchard on around nine acres of land this year and hoped to get a better
output this time.