The businessmen are now getting optimum price of Fazli mango as all other mango varieties have almost disappeared from the market
Amid onrush of huge sellers and purchasers the market of fazli, the king of mango, has gained momentum in the Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts, famous for mango production in the country.
The businessmen are now getting optimum price of Fazli mango as all other mango varieties have almost disappeared from the market.
The traders and growers are also highly satisfied with the output.
“We are now selling Fazli mango after ending sales of the most of the conventional varieties like Gopalbhog and Khirsapat,” said Shamsul Alam, a retailer of Seroil Bus Stand Mango Market.
Two other varieties, Langra and Amrupaly, are limited in the market at present, he added.
Fazli mango is being sold at Tk2400 to Tk 2500 per mound according to size and quality at many markets like Shaheb Bazar, Baneshwar, Charghat and Bagha of Rajshahi and Sadar, Moharajpur, Ranihati, Kansat, Mobarakpur, Chowdala, Rohanpur, Mollikpur and Bholahat in Chapainawabganj.
In addition to creating employment for over one and half lakh people, transaction of more than Tk1,500 crore has been done centering mango farming, trading and transporting during the peak season.
At present, if any one visits the two districts one will see mango and its vending and many people and visitors in particular, purchasing the delicious fruit whatever the price is.
Likewise, large numbers of people are seen engaged in creating new mango orchards on the arable lands in the vast Barind tract and char areas.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), there are around 19 lakh mango trees on 25,000 hectares of land in the two districts.
Additional director of DAE, Rajshahi, Deb Dulal Dhali said the mango trees bloomed immensely this season but some of them were affected due to adverse weather. DAE had set a target of production of 2.5 lakh tons of mango this season.
Around 250 trucks are now transporting mangoes to different areas of the country especially Dhaka, Chittagong, Chowmohani, Narayanganj, Comilla and Feni.
Anwar Hossain, a wholesaler of Kansat, said the mango will be available till mid next month.
Mango of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj is conventionally late in ripening and the growers can also preserve their fruits on trees for long so the farmers and businessmen get higher price.
He said the amount of mango mixed with carbide and other harmful chemicals has been reduced to a greater extent this season for punitive measures and surveillance by the law enforcement agencies.
But, he opined that the climate change has created a negative impact on the mango trees.
Mozammel Hossain Tutul, General Secretary of Bholahat Mango Foundation, said that a large quantity of mango gets damaged every year due to lack of processing and preservation facilities here.
In this context, he said additional employment scopes could be created if a processing factory is established.
Mango is an important seasonal cash crop in northwestern Bangladesh, especially Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj.
"Every season, a large number of people are involved in various types of works in the areas. It creates job opportunities for many people and they can earn some extra money,” said Shamsul Hoque, deputy director of DAE.