The success in orange farming in the district owes its credit to Abdus Salam, a primary school teacher, who now has 183 orange trees from which he expects a good profit
A newly introduced high-yielding variety oforanges has seen successful cultivation in Rajbari district.
The success in orange farming in the district owes its credit to Abdus Salam, a primary school teacher, who now has 183 orange trees from which he expects a good profit.
The school teacher, from Baliakandi upazila, has achieved his success by cultivating the newly introduced high-yielding variety of the orange.
Cultivated on an experimental basis, 183 trees yielded 200 to 250 fruits each this season.
The botanical name of the China-origin fruit is Citrus reticulata.
It turns yellow when fully ripened and weighs 30-40 grams each. Its thin peel is very easy to remove.
After disseminating knowledge through books for years in a primary school in the upazila, teacher Abdus Salam has found a new love for fruit farming.
The teacher, living away from Baliakandi town, has not only mastered the skills of farming, but is also inspiring and guiding others to prosper.
“I am a full time teacher in the school and live with my family. During the school vacation in 2015, I decided to try out agriculture on my land,” he said.
“Looking at some YouTube videos and accessing online tutorials, I decided to grow oranges on my land,” he said.
“There were a lot of problems with the cultivation as farmers here traditionally grow sugarcane, rice, cereals and wheat. Only I have started orange cultivation with the help of my younger brother,” he added.
Abdus Salam said this year he harvested 40-50 kg of oranges from each tree.
"I sold oranges at Tk 150-160 per kilo,” he also said.
His success has inspired many farmers to take up orange cultivation in the district, even those who are already affluent and successful.
"Many local fruit gardeners are now seeking assistance from me on raising orchards of the newly introduced fruit. Its cultivation has bright prospects for the country as a huge amount of oranges is imported from abroad every year," he said.
"We have tested the oranges grown in Salam’s orchard and compared it with the imported oranges. In our inspection, we have found that there is no difference between them. The oranges are easy to peel and quite delicious,” said Baliakandi UNO Ambia Khatun.
Gopal Krishna Das, deputy director at Rajbari Department of Agricultural Extension, said. : “We have decided to take steps for cultivating oranges across the district, taking lessons from Abdus Salam.”