|Published : 17 Apr 2017, 21:32:15|
Juicy fruits’ production increasing in Bogra
BOGRA, Apr 17: Cultivation of varieties of juicy fruits has been boosting fast in the district from the last decade.
A good number of farmers are producing mango, banana, papaya, lotkon, litchi, jackfruit, strawberry, olive, wood apple, guava, watermelon, bangi and other indigenous fruits
Sources said over 25,000 farmers have attained financial solvency by growing in Bogra district.
According to the Forest Department (FD) sources, farmers of the area are producing around 38,000 tonnes of seasonal fruits worth Tk 600 million annually on about 23,000 hectares of orchards and homestead.
Repeated bumper production with lucrative market price is encouraging the growers to farm the fruits on more lands, the sources added.
Farmer Golam Robbani of Sadar upazila said, "Local agri offices provide necessary input to the growers round the year to expand cultivation of fruits."
"I had produced 20 maunds of mango on 0.80 acre of land spending Tk 20,000 last year and made a profit of Tk 2.0 million", said Zahangir Hossain of Kahaloo upazila. He expects to earn Tk 3.0 million profit from the fruit this season.
Yakub Ali of Sarderpara area under Dupchanchia upazila said he had produced Chaina-3 verity litchi last year from 30 big trees and madea massive profit.
Fruit cultivation is expanding in the district. Growers found it more profitable than farming paddy or other crops. Different private organisations are also playing an important by providing loan facility to the cultivators, said DAE horticulture specialist Tahirul Islam.