Mango trading gains momentum at Baneshwar Haat in Rajshahi
Mango trading has gained momentum after the arrival of some good varieties at Baneshwar Mango Haat, the biggest mango trading centre in Rajshahi.
Hundreds of maunds of mango are arriving at the market every day. Though some varieties of mango arrived at the market after Eid-ul-Fitr, mango farmers and traders became worried due to the lukewarm response from customers. But, the prices of mango started rising from the last week with the arrival of wholesale customers here from different districts of the country.
While visiting the Baneshwar Mango Haat on Friday, this correspondent found that wholesale buyers and sellers were bargaining over prices putting the mango on hundreds of rickshaw vans on a long space stretching from Kachari Ground to the Highway road.
Both the mango farmers and traders said some 30 to 40 per cent of their mango orchards were damaged by the cyclone Amphan recently.
On the other hand, they had to incur losses due to low prices as the wholesale buyers did not come to the maket amid nationwide coronavirus pandemic.
However, the number of wholesale buyers started increasing in the market following the arrival of Gopalbhog and Himsagar varieties of mango. Both the varieties are being sold at Tk 1,200-Tk 1,500 per maund (40kgs). Large variety of Gopalbhog mangoes started arriving at the market from Saturday last. With the flocking of wholesale traders at the market from different parts of the country, large variety of Gopalbhog mango is being sold at Tk 1,800-Tk 2,000 a maund.
Mango farmer Shimul, who arrived at the market to sell his mangoes, said, "We became worried at the beginning. However, we're no more worried owing to the rise of prices. Though we've incurred some losses due to the cyclonic storm, we think that we would be able to recoup the losses.
He said four varieties of mangoes have arrived at the market. Gopalbhog is being sold at Tk 1,800-Tk 2,000, Himsagar at Tk 1,400-Tk 2,000, Lakkhanbhog at Tk 700-Tk 1,000 and Guti at Tk 600-Tk 1,600 per maund.
Mango trader Nasir Ali said wholesale traders have been coming to the market from Dhaka, Barishal, Noakhali, Cumilla, Sylhet and Khulna from last Saturday. Some 40 to 50 large trucks leave the market for different parts of the country every day with mangoes.