Early harvesting of mangoes puts Satkhira farmers in trouble


UNB, Satkhira :
Immature mangoes flooded Satkhira wholesale markets as mango growers harvested different varieties of the juicy fruit in advance fearing possible loss due to cyclone ‘Ashani’.
According to the growers and businessmen, the mangoes of Satkhira have fame across the globe as businesses export mangoes from the district to many countries including those in Europe.
Usually, mangoes are ripe early in the district due to geographical position, weather and quality of the soil compared to other districts in the country. But, this year, growers have already harvested different varieties of mangoes including Himsagar, Langra, Gobinbdabhog, Gopalbhog and Bombay to save the mouth-watering fruit from cyclone Ashani, they said.
Talking to the UNB Correspondent, mango farmer Abdur Razzak of Kukrali village in Sadar upazila said he has cultivated mangoes on 18 bighas of land but the production is less this year due to adverse weather.
“Many mango growers harvested immature mangoes knowing the Met office warning over cyclonic storm Ashani. Now all mangoes available in the district markets are immature. As a result, the demand for the mangoes is less and growers are not getting the fair price of the mangoes,” he said.
Razzak said growers sold a maund (40kg) of mangoes at Tk 2,800 last year while same quantity of mangoes are being sold at maximum Tk 1,500-Tk 1,600 this year.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension(DAE), growers of the district have cultivated mangoes on 4,115 hectares of land and the production target has been set around 50,000-60,000 metric tonns this year.
Meanwhile, the district administration earlier directed the growers to harvest Gobinbdabhog mango from May 5, Himsagar from May 16 and Langra from late May. But, growers have plucked a huge amount of Himsagar and Langra mangoes before the stipulated time.
Abdur Rahim Babu, general secretary of Sultanpur Boro Bazar Traders’ Association, said growers are bringing mangoes of different varieties to the wholesale market.