Mangoes of Gopalbhog and Gobindobhog varieties are now available in Dhaka and other districts
The current season’s mango harvesting has started in Satkhira in line with the directives given by the district administration.
The farmers started plucking Gopalbhog and Gobindobhog mangoes from May 2. Most of these mangoes are being sent to Dhaka and other big cities amid restriction on movement due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Moreover, farmers will begin harvesting the popular Himsagar mangoes on May 21, and Langra and Amrapali varieties on June 1 and June 4 respectively.
However, many orchard owners have harvested immature mangoes before the stipulated time to gain more profit as the sweet mangoes are highly desirable to many people in Dhaka during the month of Ramadan.
Last week several fraud traders were held in Dhaka for selling immature mangoes ripened artificially with chemicals that are harmful to the human body.
The mangoes from Rajshahi region will be harvested a week after Eid.
According to the local agriculture office, mango has been cultivated in more than 5,000 orchards in Satkhira this season with a production target of 40,000 tons.
At Satkhira’s Sultanpur Barabazar wholesale market, Gopalbhog is sold at Tk1,800-2,400 per maund and Gobindobhog at Tk2,600-2,800 per maund.
Due to restriction on movement, traders from Dhaka cannot come to Satkhira easily like they did last year. So the wholesalers and the orchard owners are sending mangoes on truck or using courier service.
Satkhira Deputy Commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal said that the district administration would remain active against harvesting and marketing of immature mangoes. “The law enforcement agencies and the upazila administration have already been given instructions to this end,” he added.