:: Peoples Time Online ::
Profused early flowering in mango trees thanks to a favourable weather has made the growers hopeful about a plentiful production this year.
According to the Rajshahi Fruit Research Center, lack of a continuous cold spell and dense fog, mango trees have bloomed early, right from the middle of the Bengali month of Poush. The soil in many areas under the division is also suitable for mango farming.
The prospect of large profits and easy cultivation process also encourage farmers to cultivate the fruit commercially on their land. Commercial cultivation of mango is playing a vital role in changing the socio-economic conditions of the people of the region.
Sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) also said the mango trees in the district have bloomed early this season. If the weather condition remains congenial, the region will certainly witness a good yield of the tasty and fleshy fruit this season.
The DAE suggested the growers to contact agriculture officials for necessary help.
Environmentalists and plant researchers in Rajshahi said mango trees in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts usually start blooming during late Januray to mid-February. But owing to the early advent of winter this year, mango buds have bloomed earlier, which is also a clear indication of climate change, they added.
On the other hand, mango growers are passing busy time in taking care of their orchards. A number of early varieties of mango trees have already bloomed. However, Lengra, Gopalbhog, Fazlee, Amropali, Khirsapati and Mohanbhog varieties will bloom in phases.
Motaleb Hossain, a mango grower of Charghat upazila, said he has over 200 mango trees in his orchard. He has cultivated a large variety of mangoes this season. He expects a handsome profit for the early blooming of mango trees this year.
Dr Alim Uddin, principal scientific officer of the Rajshahi Fruit Research Center, said farmers should spray pesticides amounting to 0.2 gram (grainy) or 0.5ml (liquid) with one litre of water of the imidacloprid group. The farmers can also spray fungicides, he added. In this season, around 18,000 hectares have been brought under mango cultivation. A target of 213,426 metric tonnes has been set in the district.