Colombo lemon farming gaining popularity in Narsingdi

Dhaka,  Tue,  27 June 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 21:44:00 | Updated : 19 May 2017, 00:41:29
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Colombo lemon farming gaining popularity in Narsingdi

Colombo lemon farming gaining popularity in Narsingdi
NARSINGDI, May 18 (BSS): Cultivation of Colombo lemon is ringing fortune for farmers and gaining popularity in the district due to economic prospect of the crops.

A number of farmers had started small scale cultivation of Colombo lemon few years back on experimental basis in four upazilas of the district and achieved remarkable success. Their successes encourage many others to cultivate and raise orchards of the juicy and extraordinary flavor fruit.

Seeing the interest of the farmers and found suitable soil for Colombo lemon cultivation, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in 2012 took a programme to cultivate export quality lemon in four upazilas of the district. The upazilas are Shibpur, Belabo, Monohardi and Raipura.

Under the programme a total of 50 new orchards of Colombo lemon (each orchard spread one bigha) were set up in the four upazilas of the district.  The department supplied 160 sapling of Calombo lemon to each grower of the orchards and imparted them training on producing quality lemon.

Besides some farmers in different areas of the district raised a number of orchards by their own initiative and they are at present harvesting good quality lemon from their orchards. April and May are the best season of harvesting Colombo lemon.

According to DAE Narsingdi, farmers in four upazilas of the district at present cultivating Colombo lemon in 1180 orchards on 300 hectares of land.  This year they have so far produced over 5,200 tonnes of lemon in the district.

Khandaker Mahabub at Dattargoan village under Shibpur upazila of the district started lemon cultivation on 30 decimals lands in 2003. He succeeded in cultivation the Calombo lemon and gradually raised garden by planting 800 saplings on 120 decimals of land. This year he got an excellent production from his gardens. He expressed his satisfaction for earned Tk 0.3 million selling the lemon this season.

Farmer Babul Chowdhury of Lakshimipur village under Raipura upazila of the district also narrated his successful story cultivating the Colombo lemon in his 300 decimals land.

He said this year so far he earned Tk 0.7 million by selling lemon from his garden.

Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture Extension, Narsingdi Latafat Hossain told the news agency that Colombo lemon has great demand in the local markets and other distance markets. Now this variety of lemon is being exported in abroad especially European countries and Middle East. Each kg of Colombo lemon is being sold at Tk 50 to Tk 60 in the local kitchen  markets which contain only four to five pieces.

The Deputy Director said Colombo lemon tree generally grow on high fallow lands where scope of other crop cultivation is limited. Some 200 saplings can be planted on per bigha of land which produce an average 50 to 60 maunds. Each tree bears 80 to100 lemons in a year. He opined that the country could earn huge foreign exchange every year by exporting Colombo lemon.
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