Most of the fruit comes from Sadar, Domar, Dimla, Jaldhaka, Kishorganj and Syedpur upazilas
This year's summer brought smiles to the faces of many local fruit sellers and their customers in Nilphamari, due to the abundance of fruit varieties in the district.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) sources said the district yielded 2,695 metric tons of lychees, 115 tons of pineapples, 17,620 tons of jackfruit and 17,620 tons of mangoes this season.
Favorable weather this summer has contributed to the comparatively better yield of fruits, where lychee was cultivated on 350 hectares, pineapple on eight hectares, jackfruit on 515 hectares, and mangoes on 1,295 hectares.
Most of the yield was secured from Sadar, Domar, Dimla, Jaldhaka, Kishorganj and Syedpur upazilas of the district. The use of advanced technologies has raised yields, said DAE Deputy Director Md Abul Kashem Azad. He added that the district needs fruit preservation facilities.
On a visit to some markets in Sadar upazila, this correspondent found mangoes being sold at TK60-70 per kg, pineapples based on size, were Tk15 to Tk40 apiece, while a hundred China-2 and China-3 lychees were Tk120-150.
Jackfruit trader Md Rahim Badsha of Shakhamacha Bazaar said: "This year's jackfruit market is really profitable and there is high customer demand."
Mango trader Mizanur Rahman of the same market said: "Haribhanga, Surjapuri, Amrupali, and Gopalbhog are the most popular varieties in the market.
Head teacher Babul Hossain of Panchapukur Girl's High School said: "Fruits in the market are quite affordable, so I bought some for the family on my way home."
Former UP Chairman Julfikar Ali said: "I earned Tk345, 000 from two of my lychee orchards in three months. The fruit business has earned me and my fellow traders a good profit."