The fruit shops of Dhaka are now brimming with the delicious summer fruits
The price of lychees and mangoes are within the grasp of customers amid dumper production, with high demand in the city markets.
The fruit shops of Dhaka are now brimming with the delicious summer fruits.
During a visit to several fruit retailers in the capital recently, Dhaka Tribune found different varieties of mangoes like Himsagar being sold at Tk45 to Tk100 per kg, Amrupali and Langra selling at Tk60-Tk70 per kg, and Kohitur at Tk70-Tk80 per kg.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) data show that mango production in 2017-18 fiscal was over 23.7 million tons. Besides, even 20 years ago, mangoes and jackfruits were the main fruits grown in this country. Now, 72 species of fruit are cultivated in Bangladesh. Earlier, 56 species were cultivated.
Meanwhile, varieties of lychee, including Bombai, Bedana and China-3, were seen selling at reasonable prices.
Lychee seller Karima Akhtar Khuki at Hatirpool area told Dhaka Tribune: “Bombai lychee per 100 piece is Tk200, Bedana is Tk150-Tk200, and China-3 is Tk200-Tk220 for a hundred.”
“Although prices also depend on the taste and size.”
A customer, Akram Uddin, expressed his satisfaction over the lychee prices.
Maksudul Karim, a fruit retailer at Malibagh, said: “In Ishurdi, 100 lychees are being sold at Tk200-Tk 260.”
Another customer, Taimur Hasan, said: “The prices are satisfactory, thanks to the large quantities of fruits in stock. I hope the prices stay like this.”
The customers also demanded that the relevant authorities monitor and take proper measures if traders are found using harmful chemicals, such as formalin, to keep fruits from rotting.
Noor Hosain, president of Bangladesh Krishi Panno Arotdar Samity, told Dhaka Tribune: “Huge amounts of mangoes have appeared in the market. The prices of mangoes and other fruits will increase from mid-June.”
Tushar Kanti Samaddar, deputy director at DAE, said: “The production of fruits is increasing gradually. There is huge demand both in the local and international markets.”