500 hectare of mango orchards went under rainwaters in the district
Despite bumper production, the mango growers in Thakurgaon are deeply worried as several hundred hectares of mango orchards are inundated due to heavy rains for the last several days.
Around 500 hectares of mango orchards in the low lying areas of the district went under rainwaters due to torrential rain, making it difficult for growers to harvest mangoes.
Farmers are now harvesting their produce riding on makeshift banana rafts as most of the chards went under water in five upazilas.
Besides, the natural colour of mangoes have faded with black spots being visible on them, forcing the farmers to sell their produce at lower prices.
In the last few years, many farmers in the district have turned their crop lands into mango orchards as it looks to be a more profitable crop than others.
Many farmers said they could not nurture their orchards properly due to the incessant rains.
Apart from that, they have to spend more on transportation of mangoes to Dhaka as truck owners charge excessive fare taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taiabur Rahman, a mango grower of Bhelatoir in Pirganj upazila, said, “I’ve to count huge losses due to the fall in mango prices.”
Imam Hossain, of Banbari village said, “Mango trees on my 50 bighas of land went under rainwater, and I had to collect mangoes making a raft with banana trees.”
Another Mango grower Sikandar Ali from Harinmari village of Baliadangi upazila said: The mango colour turned black as I could not nurture my orchard due to heavy rainfall."
SM Golam Sarwar, Pirganj upazila agriculture officer said, “This time mangoes have partially been damaged due to heavy rains.”
Regarding the matter, Aftab Hossain, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said, “This year, a total of 2,840 hectares of land were brought under mango cultivation and some 43,000 tons of mangoes could be harvested as there has been good yield.”
Talking about the water logging, Aftab Hossain said the rainwater may recede if there is no rain in the next few days, adding, "The farmers could make a profit as the demand for mangoes is high this year."