Mehdi Hasan, Chapainawabganj: In Chapainawabganj, the price of Fazli mangoes has decreased due to the increase in demand for Amrapali mangoes. As a result, the gardeners who cultivate Fazli mango are worried.
Mango traders say that the demand for amrapali is increasing day by day due to its sweetness and other vanities. At the same time, the price of Fazli mangoes fell in the market.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension, Fazli mangoes are about 15 percent of conventional mango orchards.
The largest mango market of the country can be seen on the surface, currently 5 types of mangoes are being sold in the market including small varieties. Different types of mangoes are being sold in the market at the price of Tk 1000 to Tk 1600. In Kansat mango market, all types of small varieties of mangoes
are sold from Tk 1000 to Tk 1500, Laxmanbhoga mango from Tk 800 to Tk 1500, Bari 4 mangoes are being sold from Tk 2000 to Tk 2500.
It has been seen that the price of mango is higher than the price of fazli in the market. Pratiman Fazli is being sold in the market at the rate of Tk 1000 to Tk 1600. On the other hand, amrapali is being sold for Tk 2500 to Tk 3500.
ShibganjUpazilaKalupuramango gardenerAbdur Razzak brought 5 maunds of Fazli mangoes to Kansat for sale. Fazli mangoes are not being sold for a long time due to reduced demand in the market. He said, people prefer to eat Amrapali mangoes than Fazli mangoes. As a result, the demand for Amrapali has reduced the price of Fazli mangoes.
He said that in the current market, the price of Fazli mangoes is being sold between Tk 1000 and Tk 1600 per variety. On the other hand, fruit bagged Fazli mango kernels are Tk 1600- Tk 1700. Fazli mangoes are available at low prices compared to cost.
A mango trader named Ashraf of Kansat-Shampur area said that the price has decreased due to the simultaneous release of Fazli and Amrapali mangoes in the market. Farmers are cutting the trees due to the loss due to the low demand of Fazli mangoes. He said that in the current market, the equivalent mangoes of Amrapali are being sold at the rate of Tk 3000 to Tk 35000 depending on the variety.
Chapainawabganj Agricultural Association General Secretary Munj Alam Manik claims that 80 percent of the fruit trees are still hanging in the garden. He said that the farmers and orchard owners have been suffering losses for a long time due to the decrease in the demand for Fazli mangoes. As long as Fazli mangoes are not processed into by-products (pickles, mangoes) they will be damaged.
Chapainawabganj district agricultural marketing officer Nurul Islam said that mango cultivation is now being done in different parts of the country. Still the mangoes produced in Chapainawabganj are sold at higher prices in different parts of the country. As there are mango markets in different parts of the country, the traffic of traders in those markets is increasing and at the same time Kansat mangoes are decreasing in the market. As a result, demand for Fazli mangoes has decreased, farmers are also forced to sell mangoes at lower prices.
He also said that to increase the price of Fazli mangoes, the district agricultural marketing officials are giving great emphasis on exporting mangoes to the world market. We have already discussed these issues with some mango exporters. It is expected that Fazli mangoes will be exported to foreign markets soon.
Chapainawabganj Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Palash Sarkar said, Amrapali mangoes are in high demand due to their quality and sweetness. Mangoes are being sold from the garden. Amrapali mango cultivation has increased in dense mango orchards.
He said, in Chapainawabganj, 8 thousand 17 hectares of land are cultivating Fazli mangoes. It has 6 lakh 13 thousand 735 trees. On the other hand, 2 lakh 46 thousand 105 amrapali trees are being cultivated in 2 thousand 430 hectares of land in the district.
This time, mango cultivation is being done on 37 thousand 165 hectares of land in the district. This year the target of mango has been set at 4 lakh 25 thousand metric tons.
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