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12:00 AM, July 12, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 12, 2019

Khagrachhari mango growers demand particular fruit market

Although the district saw a sharp rise in mango production in the last couple of years, there is no particular place or markets for the growers and traders for selling their produce.

Due to the situation, local mango growers are being deprived of proper price of their produces while middlemen are taking the advantage of the situation and making a huge profit.

Local mango growers urged the authorities concerned to set up a separate market place for them in the district headquarters.

Growers said although earlier there was no commercial mango orchard in the district, a huge number of mango orchards have been developed for commercial purpose within the last one decade.

Although the production has multiplied during the period, no particular market has been developed to buy or sell the popular juicy fruit, they said.

 As there is no particular mango market, growers compelled to sell their mangos alongside other agricultural products at Khagrachhari Bazar.

Taking the advantage, middlemen are making the most of the benefits from the business.

According to Khagrachhari Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) over 3,000 hectares of land have been brought under mango cultivation in different upazilas of the district with a production target of 22,000 tonnes.

Grower Thoi Mong Marma of Gugrachhari village in Sadar upazila said although the yield was good, he failed to make a good profit as his mango orchard is located in a remote area and it costs him Tk 5 per kilogram to bring his produces at Gurgrachhari Bazar.

Kiran Bikash Chakma of Gachhaban area said for quality mango production adequate medicines, fertilisers and proper care is a must which increases the production cost a bit as well.

“If a separate mango market is set up at Khagrachhari Bazar, traders from different parts of the country will come here and purchase mangos directly from the farmers,” Kiran said.

Parimal Debnath, panel mayor-1 of Khagrachhari municipality, said the area of Khagrachhari Bazar is too small and as it does not have any specific place for mango or other fruits farmers sell their products in a much disorganised way.   

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