Litchi growers at Razaidi village of Polash upazila prospect bumper yield this season. -M.A. Awal
A silent revolution has taken place in litchi farming as hundreds of farmers have achieved self-reliance through farming the most delicious, juicy and fleshy seasonal fruit in recent years everywhere in Narsingdi district. Excellent growth of litchi in orchards amid favorable climatic condition predicts bumper production of the fruit this season in Narsingdi officials, experts and farmers said.
The farmers have engaged all out efforts now in nursing the litchi trees in the orchards when the formation of the tender fruits continues superbly after recent rainfalls as the harvest will begin form the next month. Meanwhile, the bigger litchi traders or their representatives from different parts of the country have started flocking to the area and bargaining with orchard owners to purchase the fruit in advance like in the previous seasons.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources, the enthusiastic farmers have been expanding cultivation of high yielding and hybrid varieties litchi every year following repeated bumper production and excellent market price. Litchi farming gains popularity consistently everywhere in the region now though quality litchis were being produced mainly in the Barind areas and Narsingdi in the past, Horticulture specialist of the DAE Shuvon Kumar Dor.
Presently, hundreds of litchi orchards have been set up and the commoners are cultivation the fruit in homesteads on commercial basis in Narsingdi Sadar, Paipura, Polash, Shibpur, Monohardi and Balabo upazila.
According to the DAE sources, over 90 percent of nearly 72 million litchi trees in about 9000 small, medium and big sized litchi orchards and homesteads have worn eye-catching looks with growing tender litchis after massive budding this season. Agronomist said farmers have cultivated mostly high yielding variety China-3 and Bedana and early varieties like Bombay and Madrazi litchi on more lands after getting repeated bumper productions and lucrative prices in recent years.
Talking to a litchi orchard owner on his 1.75 acre litchi orchard in Polash upazila in Razaidi village here today, farmer Sumon told The Asian Age that he is expecting bumper production of the fruit after excellent flowering in all 271 litchi trees there this season. He is expecting to earn over taka 1 lakh by selling litchi this season.
---M.A. Awal, Narsingdi
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