Naogaon sees possibility of selling mangoes worth Tk 1800cr
Published: 04:38 PM, 27 May 2022 Updated: 04:39 PM, 27 May 2022
Mangoes of different varieties are hanging in bunches in the gardens in Naogaon and will mature in a few days
Naogaon, a northern border district known as the capital of mango. Mangoes of different varieties are hanging in bunches in the gardens here and will mature in a few days. Then the farmers will market mangoes. The agriculture department has said that there is a possibility of selling mangoes worth around Tk 1,842 crore from the district this year.
According to the district Department of Agricultural Extension, the district has mango orchards on 29,475 hectares of land. The potential mango production target for the current season has been set at 368,435 metric tons — where the target of mango production per hectare of land has been set at 12.50 metric tons. The target for this year has been set at Tk 1,842,17,50,000 as per Tk 50 per kg of mango.
Amount of mango orchards in upazila — 10,520 ha in Porsha upazila, 10,000 ha in Sapahar, 4,865 ha in Patnitala, 1,135 ha in Niamatpur, 445 ha in Sadar upazila, 110 ha in Raninagar, 120 ha in Atrai and 525 ha in Badalgachhi, 680 ha in Mohadevpur, 400 ha in Manda and 675 ha in Dhamoirhat.
The border upazilas of the district – Sapahar, Parsha, Dhamoirhat and some parts of Niamatpur upazila – known as Barind Tract. Farmers used to depend on Aman paddy, the only rain-fed crop. Due to the scarcity of water, it was not possible to cultivate other crops. By reducing the cultivation of paddy in those lands, the farmers are inclined to cultivate mangoes. They are also benefiting from this.
Zahidur Rahman, a mango farmer from Dahuti Dangapara village in Parsha upazila, said there is a mango orchard on two bighas of land. This mango will still take about a month for marketing. Besides spraying pesticides to control fungi and insects, care is being taken. I hope to get a good price this year.
Mango farmer Mojibar Rahman of Kataripara village in Ghatnagar of the upazila said, “Our area is Barind Tract. At one time, only Aman paddy was planted in a year. That too had to depend on rain. In the last 12-15 years, a lot of mango orchards have been placed in our upazila. People are now abandoning paddy and cultivating mangoes as these are profitable. I also have a mango orchard on 10 bighas of land. Good prices were not available last year due to coronavirus. But I hope I will get good prices this year.”
Md. Shamsul Wadud, deputy director of Naogaon Department of Agricultural Extension, said the condition of mango has been very good since the beginning of this year. It is estimated that this year the production of mango will be more than the target of 3,68,435 metric tons. Farmers will also benefit.