Mango exports to European countries have been affected
Mango farmers in Satkhira have suffered huge losses due to Cyclone Fani — affecting the local fruit sellers and export rates.
Mokbul Hossain, a mango farmer from Satkhira Sadar, said: "250 maunds of mango from my 20 mango orchards have fallen off. I used to sell each maund at Tk1,200, now I have to sell them at as low as Tk200.
"The revenue will not be enough to pay labours' wages and the leases for the orchards."
Fruit seller from Satkhira Boro Bazar, Motiar Rahman said: "For the last two weeks, every day I bought 4,000 to 5,000 maunds of mango, to send to Dhaka. Now, no one wants to buy the mango that has fallen off during the storm.
"My business will face a huge loss."
Agriculture officer of Satkhira Sadar upazila, Amjad Hossain said: "The loss can be reduced with revenue from pickles, produced from the fallen mangoes."
Every year, Satkhira produces a large quantity of mangoes, and this year 500 farmers were trained to fulfil the target of almost 41,000 tonnes of the fruit.
The Department of Agriculture said a high level of production has been used to export mangoes from Satkhira to several European countries, and this has been impacted by the cyclone.
Cyclone Fani hit Bangladesh's coastal areas on Saturday, after it made landfall in Odisha, India the day before.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the Satkhira Weather Office, Julfikar Ali said: "Cyclone Fani hit Satkhira at a speed of 5kph and danger signal no 3 was raised."
"The cyclone has damaged 600 houses, 2,000 hectares of crop fields, and 5km of the dam in Shyamnagar and Ashashuni upazila," said the President of the Disaster Management Committee and District Deputy Commissioner, SM Mostafa Kamal.