Tender litchi fruits show bumper yield possibility in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, May 5: The litchi tresses here taken a greenery look with its huge tender fruits which made the farmers and businessmen very much optimistic about the possibility of bumper production of the mouth-watering seasonal fruit this season.
Litchi growers are passing very busy times in caring the trees as well as the orchards as huge green tender litchis have grown in the region this year, turning the tree branches into greenery fresh look.
Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of Fruit Research Station, said the local varieties of litchi will start appearing in the markets within next couple of days. But, the Bombay variety is expected to come to the markets by last week of this month.
He said many people are getting benefits by growing litchi as China-3 (hybrid), Bombay and Madras are the most popular varieties in the region. Paba, Godagari, Charghat, Bagmara, Bagha, Puthia and Durgapur upazilas of the district are well-known for producing good quality litchis.
Manzurul Haque, District Training Officer at Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said favorable weather condition increased the hope of bumper litchi production.
Although the region experienced hailstorms during the flowering period, but it did not cause much harm, he said, adding that if the weather condition remains favorable for the next one month, litchi cultivators of the district would be benefitted greatly.
Abdur Razzaque of Kapasia village said all of his 30 litchi trees on one bigha of land bloomed in abundance this year and there are a large number of 'guti' (young litchi) on the branches. He said commercial litchi farming has started at Raipara, Bulanpur, Chhotobongram and Katakhali areas of the city.
Additional Director of DAE Dev Dulal Dhali said many people became self-reliant by cultivating litchi in recent years. -BSS