Jackfruit growers disheartened due to low price in Bogra market

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 21:59:27

Jackfruit growers disheartened due to low price in Bogra market

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, July 13: Jackfruit growers are seen disheartened due to acute low market price in all fruit markets in Bogra district in this season.

The local market source said, the juicy fruits cultivators of Dupchanchia, Kahaloo, Aadmdighi, Nandigram, Sherpur, Sonatola, Sariakandi, Shibganj, Shazahanpur, Gabtoly, Dhunot and sadar upazilas of the district have achieved a bumper yield due to favourable weather condition but they are not getting expected prices due to lack of customers.

In a recent visit the correspondent found the fruit market is flooded with huge fruits and the growers are compelled to sell their produce at low price due to lack of customers in the area. Commercial cultivation of jackfruits in homestead has already become popular amid the poor and marginal growers aiming self-reliant.

The growers show more interest to cultivate the fruit as they do not need to spend money for producing jackfruits as the seasonal juicy fruit is produced naturally without using any chemical fertiliser and pesticide, said sub-assistance officer of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Faridur Rahman.

A jackfruit grower Munna,23, under Dupchanchia upazila said, "I have planted 30 trees in my own land spending Tk 3800 last six year back and all of the trees have been carrying good fruits." He again said, "I was optimistic to make Tk 50,000 from the trees but low market price doused the hope."

Now, one small jackfruit sells at Tk 25 to Tk 50 while it was Tk 30 to Tk 60 last year, a medium one sells at Tk 40 to Tk 100 against Tk 50 to Tk 125 last year, and a big one sells at Tk 120 to Tk 325 against Tk 150 to Tk 400 last year, growers informed the correspondent of FE on Thursday.

Aslam Hossain, 35, at Utholy village under Shibganj upazila said he got 230 jackfruits from 10 trees on 40 decimal of land, which he sold for Tk 25,000. He earns only Tk 10,000 from selling jackfruits in the retail market, but he earns Tk 17,000 less than previous year due to low prices in the local market, he added.

Ranjurul Islam, 36, a fruit trader under Adamdighi upazila, said he sends around two trucks of jackfruit to different parts of the country everyday mitigating local demand.

Deputy Director of DAE Protul Chandra said price of the fruit is less than previous year so the farmers somehow frustrated for the national fruits. Flood situation may impact on the jackfruit markets, he added.

Editor : A.H.M Moazzem Hossain
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