Farmers are producing around 15,000 to 17,000 tonnes of lychee every year, sources say
A superb flowering in lychee trees continues amid favorable climatic conditions this season, making farmers happy with a prospect of bumper production of the juicy fruit in Rangpur agriculture region.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said some 85% of lychee trees in the orchards and homesteads on around 1,800 hectares of land in all five districts of the region have already bloomed as the process continues smoothly.
“The fabulous flowering in lychee trees has created a real hope of bounteous production of the juiciest, fleshy, and tasty seasonal fruit for farmers this season in the region,” agriculturist and Deputy Director of the DAE (Rangpur region) Md Moniruzzaman said.
After getting repeated bumper production with excellent market prices in recent times, farmers are expanding commercial basis lychee farming every year as many of them have changed fortunes through lychee cultivation in the last 12 years in the region.
“Farmers are producing lychee to the tune of 15,000 to 17,000 tonnes, worth about Tk150 crore, on an average adopting latest technologies with the DAE assistance every year in the region during the last 12 years,” he said.
Farmers have already become busy with agronomic management in their lychee orchards to ensure better production of the fruit though the flowering process will continue till the middle of March across the region.
Lychee farmers Abdur Rahim, Shah Alam, Manik Mian, Aminur Rahman, Mokhlesur Rahma,n and Echhahaq Ali of different villages in Rangpur Sadar expressed satisfaction over excellent budding in their lychee trees.
Agriculturist and Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Md. Mamunur Rashid said outstanding blooming in lychee trees amid favourable climatic conditions predicts bumper production of the fruit this time like in the previous seasons.
“Farmers are mostly cultivating high yielding, hybrid, and local varieties lychee like China-3, ‘Bedana,’ Bombay, ‘Muzaffarpuri,’ ‘Madrazi,’ and ‘Kanthali’ in their orchards to get better output with lucrative markets prices,” he said.
Lychee farming on a commercial basis has already become a profitable venture and created a silent economic revolution in the agriculture sector, bringing self-reliance for hundreds of farmers in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region in the last 12 years.
“There are bright prospects for further expansion of lychee cultivation in the region,” Rashid said, and stressed on establishing fruit-processing industries to produce high quality products from lychee for exporting abroad to earn foreign exchange.
Expressing his satisfaction over excellent budding in lychee trees, Deputy Director of the DAE for Rangpur Dr. Md. Sarwarul Haque predicted a bumper production of the seasonal fruit this season.
He said field level agriculture officials of the DAE are providing latest technologies to farmers to assist them in taking extensive care of blooming lychee trees to get bumper production of the fruit this season.