Published:  12:19 AM, 16 June 2019

Bumper production of jackfruit

Bumper production of jackfruit Bumper production of juicy tasteful jackfruit is expected in this season as the weather condition is most favorable this year in Narsingdi. -M A Awal

Bumper production of juicy tasteful jackfruit is expected in this season as the weather condition is most favorable this year. 

Harvesting of this fruits has begun in the district this season, official sources said. Horticulture Specialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Shovon Kumar Dar expected bumper production of the jackfruit if the climatic condition continues to remain favorable till the next month.

He said that the frequent rainfalls since April last have been helping a lot in better growth of the tender fruit expecting better production of the local variety of aristocratic jackfruit having huge demand both at home and abroad.

DAE sources said, commercial cultivation of jackfruit in homestead has already become very popular among the farmers and expands every year to bring self-reliance in the district from recent few years. More than 1500 jackfruit growers and commoners have cultivated the fruits in 25000 small, medium, big orchards and also on the homesteads on over 28,100 hectares this season.

The tasteful fruits are mostly being cultivated at the orchards in Narsingdi Sadar, Palash, Monohardi, Shibpur, Balabo and Raipura upazila of the district in this year. A jackfruit grower  Masom Miah Raban in village Palash upazila said, "I planted around 30 trees in my own land spending Tk 1200 last few years and this year all of the trees have been carried a good jackfruit." I expect taka around 50 thousand as profit from the trees, he added.

Everyday traders from different parts of the country come to the big markets, including those at Shibpur, Palash, Monohardi, Raipura, Belabo and Narsindi Sadar in the district to produce jackfruits. Badul Sarker a jackfruit farmer, said soil of the district is the most suitable one for the cultivation of the national fruit of Bangladesh Jackfruit.

---M A Awal, Narsingdi

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