Bumper mango yield likely in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, May 15: Mango growers of the district are expecting bumper yield this year as the rains during cyclone Fani have brought an advantage to their mango cultivation.
The rains caused by Fani prompted the growth of mangoes. Growers will be able to harvest mangoes seven to ten days earlier which would help them get better prices. Mangoes will also be tastier this time for the rains, said Dr Alim Uddin, scientific officer at Rajshahi Fruit Research Institute (RFRI).
Abu Bakar, a mango farmer of Charghat Upazila, said, "In the beginning, we were worried about the aftermath of Fani, but it has ultimately brought blessings as the heavy rains accelerated the growth of mangoes in this area."
The mango growers of Bagha, Charghat, Puthia, Godagari upazilas of the district said now they do not need to spray any harmful insecticides in mango orchards as the rains protected the fruit from insect attack.
Earlier, they could not spray insecticides as magistrates and police were patrolling the orchards following a High Court order.
"We will fix dates for harvesting mangoes as per the mango varieties after a meeting soon," said Ruhul Amin, deputy commissioner of Rajshahi.
RFRI sources said they have set a target to produce 213,426 tonnes of mangoes from 17,465 hectares of land this year. At least 208,664 tonnes of mangoes were produced from 17,420 hectares of land last year.