Each Baukul weighed 30-50 grams apiece, which were also juicier and sweeter than other plum or jujube varieties
The cultivation of Baukul, a kind of plum, is getting popular in many areas of Rangamati, and hundreds of growers are making good profit from the sale of the fruit in recent years.
Growers are farming the fruit abundantly across the region, sources said.
This year the growers of the fruit in different areas of the district are witnessing a good yield of the tasty fruit, they added.
One such Baukul orchard was found in Bodhipur village of Sapchhari union, on a two-acre land. Each Baukul weighed 30-50 grams apiece, which were also juicier and sweeter than other plum or jujube varieties.
Shyam Ratan Chakma, a Baukul grower at Rangamati Sadar upazila told Dhaka Tribune that he has been successfully cultivating Baukul in his land for the last few years and selling those at a good price. Witnessing his success, many people have engaged themselves in its cultivation, he said.
"Last year I earned Tk80,000 from selling Baukul, this year I plan to earn at least Tk2 lakh. This year I placed nets on top of my orchard so that birds or squirrels would not be able to pluck Baukul from here," he added.
Antara Chakma and Nelson Chakma, fellow Baukul growers from the same vicinity said they had more than 100 saplings of Baukul in their orchard. As the plants have been replete with fruits this year, they already begun harvesting those.
A good number of growers in the region said they have been cultivating the fruit in their homestead as well as other lands for many years and selling them at a good price.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said they advised the farmers to cultivate Baukul as the cultivation of the fruit is profitable and its production cost is less than that of many other crops or fruits.
They provided the farmers with quality saplings and latest technology to boost yield of the fruit, he said.
High land is better than low land for Baukul cultivation, so its farming is gaining popularity in the high land areas of the region, said DAE official Shanti Chakma.
Paban Kumar Chakma, deputy director of the Rangamati DAE office, said the Baukul was cultivated on 785 hectares of land in this district this year.
"Hopefully this year we will get better results than last year. This year, we are expecting to produce 11.65 tons of Baukul per hectare as the temperature increases," he added.