The mango growers of Chapainawabganj district, known as the capital of mango in Rajshahi, are expecting a high yield this season as mango trees are in full bloom due to favourable weather.
84 per cent of the mango trees have already bloomed though the process of sprouting of buds was a bit late because of prolonged winter, according to officials at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).
The mango cultivators and the businessmen were reported to be in a busy state taking care of their trees.
Some 100 types of mango, the main cash crop of the district, including Gopalbhog, Khirsapat, Lengra, Fazli, Amrupali, Aswina, Khudi Khirsha, Bridaboni and Laxmanbhog are produced here, reports UNB.
According to the DAE data, there are about 22,73,000 mango trees in 29,510 hectares of land of the district where the production was 2.44 lakh metric tonnes last year.
Nazrul Islam, a mango cultivator of Maheshpur area of Sadar upazila, said he was worried as the winter prolonged this year. "Even then, the flowering of the mango trees was satisfactory," he added.
Abdul Ohid, a mango orchard owner of Noyagola area, said they are now spraying insecticides in their orchard to protect the buds from the attack of insects.
DAE Deputy Director Manjurul Huda said, 84 per cent of the mango trees have bloomed by the first week of March. Around 90 per cent of the mango trees will be bloomed within the next several days.
He also said 6 millimetres rain was recorded on Saturday last and this helped protect buds from diseases and insects.