The Financial Express

Profuse bloom predicts bumper mango output in Jhenidah district

| Updated: March 09, 2020 10:46:15

Lankabangla and Fianancial Express Lankabangla and Fianancial Express
A view of a mango orchard at Maheshwarchanda village under Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah — FE Photo A view of a mango orchard at Maheshwarchanda village under Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah — FE Photo

Mango growers in Jhenidah are delighted as profuse bloom this season is predicting a bumper yield of the succulent delicious summer fruit.

Though there has been a light rainfall, it has not harmed mango budding greatly. Farmers are busy taking care of the trees in both their court-yards and orchards across the district.

Mango cultivation here is expanding steadily as farmers have been benefited much in the recent years making mango orchards on their cropland.

Many of them intercropped mug bean, black bean and other bush and herb crops in their orchards bringing themselves an additional income.

After Rajshahi and Chapai Nawabganj, Jhenidah has emerged a promising mango producing region as farmers here are showing a strong inclination for commercial mango cultivation.

Farmers are now paying enormous attention to the trees so that they can lessen pest attack during both the flowering and growing stages of mangoes.

Jhenidah has already assumed the fame of exporting quality mangoes abroad.

To keep free from attack of pests, mangoes of the trees are bagged.

The chemical- free mangoes of Jhenidah have been able to attract consumers a lot in recent years.

Most importantly, mango traders from in and out of the district rush to the orchards during the ripening months of the much-liked fleshy fruit.

Mango was cultivated on 2849 hectares of land in 2019 in six upazilas of the district.

And a total of 44,411 tonnes of fruit was harvested and the yielding rate was 15.58 tonnes per hectare.

In many areas mango orchards have been increased indicating more production this year.

A mango farmer Hafiz Uddin of Piragati village in Shailkupa upazila said that attack of mango hoppers pose a threat to good yielding of the fruit.

Deputy Director of Jhenidah DAE Kripangshu Shekhar Biswas, said," Mango trees have been sprouted profusely this year. We expect the farmers to see a good deal of harvest this season."

"Our officers are suggesting growers to use pesticides at least three times to combat the pest attacks. If there is less storm and hailstorm, farmers will get a bumper production of mango'', he added.

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