Farmers and officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are expecting bumper mango output following smooth formation of the tender fruits in Rangpur region this season.
The process of tender mango formation continues smoothly predicting bumper production of the popular fruits.
DAE officials said the fruit setting stage is progressing superbly amid favourable climatic condition and mango trees are wearing eye-catching looks in orchards and homesteads all over the region.
Meanwhile, farmers have engaged maximum efforts in nursing their growing tender mangoes in all five districts of Rangpur -- Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari.
Talking to the news agency, farmer Azizar Rahman from village Sankarpur Mistripara in Rangpur said tender mangoes are growing fabulously in his orchard on 3.5 acres where he has been cultivating the fruit for 12 years.
“I have cultivated 14 varieties of high yielding and popular varieties of mango like Haribhanga, Gourmoti, BARI-4, Banana mango, Chandramollika, Gopalbhog, Khirshapati,” he said.
Excluding farming costs of around Tk 3 lakh in cultivating mango on his orchard, he earns a net profit of Tk 10 lakh on an average annually by selling matured mangoes to bigger traders.
Mukul Shah from the district's Chand Kuthirdanga village said he has been cultivating highly tasty, popular, fibreless and local variety of Haribhanga mango on his orchards on 12 acres of land for last 12 years.
“The tender mangoes are growing excellently and I am expecting a bumper production of the fruit this session,” he said.
“I hope to earn a net profit of Tk 16 lakh by selling mangoes from my orchard by June as I did in previous seasons excluding farming costs of Tk 5 lakh on an average,” Mukul added.
Similarly, Jahangir Alam from Jarullapur Bakultola village in Mithapukur cultivated Haribhanga on eight acres of land like previous 10 years.
“The fruit setting period is continuing superbly predicting a bumper production of the fruit this season,” said Jahangir who hoped to earn a net profit of around Tk 10 lakh excluding all farming expenditure.
Abdul Halim, another farmer from Rangatipara village in the same area, said he has been cultivating Hatibandha mango successfully on 9.5 acres of land for 10 years.
“Like in previous seasons, I hope to earn a net profit of Tk 12 lakh excluding farming cost after selling mangos in May and June,” Halim added.
Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam, horticulture specialist of the DAE at its regional office, said around 95 percent of mango trees bloomed this season and the fruit setting process is continuing well in the region.
“The farmers cultivated mango on 7,122 hectares of land producing 83,764 tonnes of the fruit worth Tk 335 crore last year in the region,” he said.
However, 7,350 hectares of land have been brought under mango cultivation this season in the region. The farmers are expanding the farming after getting repeated bumper production with lucrative price in recent years.
The field level agriculture officials are assisting farmers in properly nursing their orchards and controlling pest attacks, if any, during this fruit formation period, he said.
Md Moniruzzaman, deputy director at DAE regional office, said farmers are taking extensive care so that tender mangoes could grow well in huge quantity.
He also predicted bumper output of Haribhanga, Gopalbhog, Lengra, BARI-4, Nakfazlee, Khirshapati, Mohanbhog, Chyatapori, Chandramallika, Lakhna, Amrapali, Gourmoti and other popular varieties.