Barishal youths earn from pesticide-free mangoes
BARISHAL, June 19: Mango production has been a boon to the youths of the district.
Particularly, two youths have become economically benefited from the production of pesticide-free mangoes. They are Shyamol Banarjee and Abu Bakar.
Shyamol Banarjee of Shikarpur Village in Wazirpur Upazila and Abu Bakar of Hapania Village in Gauranadi Upazila of the district are getting solvent.
People of different classes and professions are rushing to the orchards to buy different varieties of sweet and tasty mangoes. Most of the mangoes are sold from the orchards.
Gurudas alias Shyamol Banarjee, son of late Dipok Kumar Banarjee of Shikarpur Village took charge of family after passing SSC exam. He tried different businesses but every time faced losses.
In 2004, he set up a fishing hatchery in his father's one-acre land with little investment. He planted 55 different varieties of trees around the hatchery. When water dries up in the hatchery, he cultivates vegetables on the land.
He uses organic fertilisers instead of chemical ones and use pheromone trap to check pest attack. He sells his product at nearby markets after meeting the family's demand.
Shyamol Banarjee said agriculture is a blessing to him. He is now completely solvent in agriculture trading. He is seeing good yield than other farmers, though he is not using pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
He started mango cultivation in 2009. The mangoes of his orchards have great demand is those are sweet, tasty and juicy.
He further said he is growing different varieties of mangoes, including BARI-5, BARI-4, Haribhanga, Gopalbhog and Fazli.
District Agriculture Officer Md Zakir Hossain Talukder said he also bought mangoes from Shyamol's orchard. Since he doesn't use chemicals and pesticides, there is no harm in the mangoes.
On the other hand, Abu Bakar, an HSC passed youth of Hapania Village under Mahilara Union in Gaurnandi Upazila, ran after job a few years back. With the advice of his father Mohammad Hawlader, he sowed the seeds of different varieties of mangoes on their one acre of land five years back.
Abu Bakar said he sowed the seeds of high-yielding varieties of 24 mango trees at different places of the land.
Later, in stages, he planted 125 mango trees. In a year gap, he began having fruits from the orchard.
This year, he had bumper yield of Amropali, Mollika, Himshagor, Dogmai, Palmai, Tiujai, Khirshapati, Shurma Fazli and other 92 varieties of mangoes.
He also said he sold mangoes of his 50 trees at Tk 70,000.
In the current season, the yield will increase a lot. Purchasers are rushing to Abu Bakar's orchards to buy mangoes free from chemical.
Chairman of Mahilpara Union Parishad Saikat Guho Piklu said Abu Bakar has proved that only job does not make one solvent.