Fazli mango sale gaining momentum in Rajshahi
Amidst onrush of huge sellers and purchasers, the market of fazli, the king of mangoes, has tremendously gained momentum in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts, famous for mango production in the country, this season.
In addition to creating employment for over 1.5 lakh people, transaction of more than Tk 1,500 crore was done centring on the mango farming, trading and transporting during the peak season.
Likewise, a large number of people are seen creating new mango orchards on the cultivable lands in the vast Barind tract and char areas. At present, if one visits wherever and whenever in the two districts, he or she will see the mango and its vending.
They will also see many people and visitors purchasing the delicious fruit. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), there are around 19 lakh mango trees on 25,000 hectares of land in the two districts.
Fazlur Rahman, additional director of DAE, Rajshahi, said all the mango trees were bloomed immensely this season but some of those were affected due to adverse climatic condition, adding that DAE had, however, set a target of production of 2.5 lakh tonnes of mango in the current season.
The businessmen are now getting optimum price of Fazli mango as all other early varieties have almost disappeared from the market this season.
The traders and growers are also highly satisfied with the outputs. Price range is between Tk 60 to Tk 90 per kg, which is affordable for buyers, according to the mango traders. Similarly, markets in Natore, Pabna and Naogaon are also flooded with mangoes.
Now, Fazli mango is being sold at Tk 2,400 to Tk 3,600 per maund according to size and quality in markets. Around 250 trucks are now transporting the mango to different areas of the country, particularly to Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj, Comilla and Feni every day.
Wholesaler Nurul Islam of Chapainawabganj said the mango would remain available till mid of the next month.
Mozammel Hossain Tutul, General Secretary of Volahat Mango Foundation, informed that a huge quantity of mango gets damaged every year due to a lack of processing and preservation facilities.