Rajshahi mango production increases by 0.60 million tons in a decade
August 22, 2022 5:18:00 PM
Mango production has increased by about 0.60 million tons through the promotion of high-yielding varieties and modern technologies in the Rajshahi region, including its vast territory of Barind, over the past decade.
Experts felt that the improved yield has created a new dimension in the field of boosting the local economy and diversifying crops for greater interest.
According to the latest data provided by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), about 0.96 million tons of mangoes have been harvested from 90,894 hectares of land during the current season.
While growers had harvested around 0.38 million tonnes from 42,417 hectares of land in the region consisting of Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon and Natore districts in the 2011-12 financial year, BSS reports.
Over the past 10 years, the area has been increased by about 48,477 hectares, while production has increased by 0.57 million tons, according to the data.
DAE Additional Director Nazrul Islam said Rajshahi region has become a potential for mango production at present as rice cultivation is facing crises due to irrigation water constraints in the Upper Barind region.
In addition, the expanded market management as well as the international recognition of mangoes has stimulated farmers towards mango cultivation.
Nazrul Islam said the tasty seasonal fruit has been grown all year round for some years with the promotion of modern varieties.
All in all, a new dimension has been generated in this field as a result of public, private and personal patronage side by side with the innovation of improved varieties and technologies and the development of communication.
‘Catimon’, a variety of mangoes from Thailand, yields year-round mangoes in the region, breaking the existing record of around three and a half months of harvest season from May to mid-August of the delicious fruit.
Nazrul Islam said the exotic variety tree contains mango and flowers or buds simultaneously yielding three to four times a year against just one of the conventional varieties.
Rafiqul Islam established an orchard of catimon mango varieties in his village, inspiring many of his fellow villagers to follow the path, bringing a new dimension to the village economy.
Islam, a farmer from Maria village in the district’s Durgapur upazila, had harvested 1,100 saplings of the Tk 180 per piece variety from Dinajpur and transplanted them to 25 bigha of land on the embankment of a pond he about three years ago. Flowers began to appear the following year.
Giving an essential characteristic of the variety, he also said that this mango is not the seasonal variety of mango, but it is irritable and sweet, and the market demand is also high compared to other varieties.
Normally, harvesting and marketing of mango takes place from mid-May to mid-August hardly in the region since time immemorial.
Apart from this, growing mangoes using the Ultra High Density Mango Planting Method (UHDMP) has gained popularity as growers get additional income after the best uses of the method in the region.
Hefaz Uddin, 60, a resident of Bailkapara village of Nachole upazila in Chapainawabganj, has been steadily earning money from his land by adopting the method for the past few years.
He got the yield of 84 trees in 2020, yielding 51,120 Tk. “I had harvested 6.7 kilograms of yield from each of the trees on average,” Hafez said with a smiling face, while speaking to BSS on Sunday.
Expecting more income from his lands through the application of new agricultural technologies, he said that the orchards of UHDM contribute a lot to additional income providing a better life for beneficiary family members on time. current.
Like Hefez Uddin, many other farmers have achieved economic empowerment after adopting the UHDMP method which has brought remarkable change to the region in the past two years.