• Saturday, Jul 24, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:58 pm

Rajshahi mango farmers, traders vexed by Covid restrictions

  • Published at 08:36 pm June 18th, 2021
rajshahi mango market
Plenty of mangoes are available but traders limited at Baneswar Hat, one of the famous mango markets in the Rajshahi region Dhaka Tribune

Mango prices have plummeted by Tk150-200 per maund in the last few days

Mango farmers and traders are facing a major inconvenience in marketing their seasonal fruits owing to the movement restrictions in place to curb the transmission of Covid cases in the region.

“Wholesalers from outside the district aren't coming here because of the lockdown and the fear of Covid-19 infection,” said Suman Hossain, a mango trader at Shaheb Bazar, adding that the unfavourable circumstance has forced them to lose money.

Mango prices have plummeted by Tk150-200 per maund in the last few days.

“We have no choice but to sell the mangoes because the majority of them have already ripened in the trees. Those will drop naturally if we don't harvest,” he said.

The orchard owners are in a difficult situation as a result of the abrupt market drop and many owners are seen refraining from harvesting mangoes, according to Suman.

Currently, many local varieties including Langra, Himsagar, Lakhna and Ranipachhand are being sold in the markets. 

Due to the restrictions, the price of most of them is lower than in previous years, according to another trader, Sabuj Islam.

Ismail Hossain, a resident of Kukhundi village under Paba upazila, said: “There are many varieties of mangoes available in the markets but the price is low. Langra mango is being sold at Tk1,200-1,600 per maund.”

“We’ve plenty of mangoes in the markets but the presence of traders is very limited,” said Osman Ali, lease-holder of Baneswar Hat, one of the famous mango markets in the region, adding that the odd situation has started frustrating all farmers, traders and others concerned.

He said farmers and traders have started harvesting mangoes after getting instruction from the district administration this year. That’s why mangoes are appearing in the markets as Gopalbhog, Himsagar and Langra, Lakhna and some other indigenous varieties have ripened naturally.

Sirajul Islam, additional director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said there are more than 260,000 mango growers and orchard owners in the region comprising Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore and Naogaon districts.

Around 130,000 people are engaged in various activities related to mango harvesting, segregating, packaging, transporting and marketing.

The DAE has set a target of harvesting around 1 million tons of mangoes from 80,360 hectares of land in the region this season while last year’s production was 8,31,940 tons from 72,909 hectares of land, Sirajul Islam added.

Officials said mangoes have been cultivated on 26,150 hectares of areas in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts where it is expected to yield 2.44 million tons of mangoes this year.

Mango groves were also nurtured on 12,671 hectares of land in Naogaon district where the target was fixed to produce 1,61,242 tons of mangoes while Natore district is expected to produce 56,021 tons of mangoes from 4,823 hectares of land.

Facebook 50
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