• Saturday, Aug 08, 2020
  • Last Update : 03:37 am

Satkhira's mango farmers suffer losses due to Cyclone Fani

  • Published at 12:58 pm May 8th, 2019
web-satkhira mango cyclone fani
File photo of a wholesale fruits market in Satkhira Dhaka Tribune

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.

Upazila

Land (Hectare)

No of Orchards

Mangoes (MT)

Sadar

1,230

1,540

12,510

Kolaroya

650

1,350

6,035

Tala

715

1,450

7,060

Debhata

380

477

3,685

Kaliganj

825

142

8,820

Ashashuni

140

190

1,250

Shyamnagar

160

150

1,600

Total

4,100

5,299

40,960



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.

67
62
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail