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Tree fair brings city people close to nature

  • Published at 05:57 am June 11th, 2013
Tree fair brings city people close to nature

Kashbon Nursery has brought in a new specimen of mango tree named “Hybrid- 6-10” to the environment fair at Agargaon in the city. It sold a tree full of mangoes at a cost of Tk 20, 500.

Participants every year try to introduce a new species to visitors of the “Jatiya Brikkho Mela” (National Tree Fair), an integral part of the June 5 environment day programme that runs for a month.

Officials of the Department of Forest, key organiser of the fair, said more than a hundred nurseries have brought about 600 species—local and foreign-- of fruits, flowers and various other varieties of plants to the fair.

Foresters said they are overwhelmed by the response from visitors.

“Those who are nature lovers and like trees, plants and green are coming to the fair. Every day a huge number of people of different professions are visiting the fair,” said Salim Khan.

Another forest official Nazrul Islam said, “We are very happy to see the eagerness and interest of visitors and buyers.”

Marina Sharmin, public relation officer of the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC)’s nursery told the Dhaka Tribune: “Our nursery is based on Kashimpur of Gazipur district. We had brought 210 items of different fruits, flowers, forest grown, orchids, ornamental and medicinal plants with three new species of mango- Bari- 4, Boishakhi, Kohitur.”

Sheikh Wahidur Rahman, salesman of the BADC nursery, said: “We are selling about 2,000 trees and seedlings of different species a day on average worth about Tk70, 000.

We are also giving tips to the visitors on how to take care of trees and saplings.”

Md Shamim Siddike, senior assistant of the nursery of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University said: “We are selling about 70-80 plants on average a day worth about Tk8000.”

Zahidul Haque, senior officer of the Square Agro Development and Processing Ltd, said: “We are mainly campaigning for tissue culture for banana, orchid, strawberry, potato seed, and also selling different seedlings.”

The fair will end on July 4.