Idris Ali of Jashore's Chougachha upazila has found success in cultivating Thai guava at his village.
His orchard on four bighas of land in Narayanpur village has been producing good yield of Thai-5 variety of guava since 2015.
After graduating from high school, Idris joined Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). Following the completion of 10 years of service at BGB in 2005, he went to Singapore the next year.
Idris returned home in 2015 and started working on setting up the guava orchard in his village. He made Tk 3.5 lakh in sales from the very first harvest.
The orchard has been producing good yield every year and he expects even better harvest this year, with plenty of flowers on the guava plants, said Idris.
Aside from guava, he also grows improved varieties of lychee on about 1.5 bighas of land in his orchard. Tropical storm Amphan caused extensive damage to the lychee orchard last year, but he hopes to make up for the loss from an expected good harvest this year.
Guava is a profitable crop because in order to get a good yield, one needs only a minimal work after planting seedlings, Idris said, adding that he spent Tk 1.5 lakh on the guava orchard till date and if there is no natural disaster or the prices do not drop at markets, he would make a good profit this time too.
A number of locals said they also have been considering cultivating guava commercially after seeing Idris achieve remarkable success with his guava orchard.
Chougachha Upazila Agriculture Officer Raichuddin said the office continues to provide necessary assistance to guava farmers and currently different varieties of guava -- including Thai-5, Thai-6 and Thai Golden-6 varieties -- are being cultivated on 260 hectares of land in the upazila.