100 tons of mangoes

Usually, mangoes can be harvested early in the district due to its geographical position, weather and quality of the soil.

As many as 100 tons of mango of different varieties, including Himsagar, Langra, Gobinbdabhog, and Amrapali, from Satkhira will be exported to some European countries for the eighth time.

For this, 500 farmers of the district have been trained in non-toxic and safe mango cultivation.

As many as 14 companies will export these mangoes.

Nurul Islam, deputy director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Satkhira, confirmed the matter to Bangla Tribune.

Usually, mangoes ripen early in the district due to its geographical position, weather and quality of the soil compared to other districts in the country.

Mango farmers of the district have been affected due to various natural calamities in the last few years.

However, this year growers have already harvested different varieties of mangoes including Himsagar, Langra, Gobinbdabhog, Gopalbhog and Bombay.

Besides, unripened mangoes have flooded Satkhira wholesale markets as mango growers harvested varieties of the juicy fruit in advance, fearing possible loss due to Cyclone Asani.

According to the DAE of Satkhira, mangoes have been planted on 4,152 hectares of land in the district this year.

There are 5,299 mango orchards and 13,000 mango cultivators in the district.

The target for mango production in the district this season was set at 50,000 tons, which was not met due to unfavourable weather.

Biplob Bhattacharya, a mango trader from Satkhira, said: I bought 12 orchards this season.

Most of the trees in the garden did not have mangoes due to insufficient rain.

Mangoes have also become a bit smaller in size, which is why prices are not very high. Gopalbhog is selling for only Tk2,000-2,200 per ton.

Liakat Hossain, president of the district’s Mango Farmers’ Welfare Association, said: Mango farmers in the district have suffered a lot in the last few years due to the pandemic and cyclones.

The yield has been a bit low this season as well. Still, I hope the farmer will get a good price.

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