Usually, pineapple is cultivated between June and July, but for the last few years, it has been cultivated during Jan and Feb
The hill district of Rangamati witnessed a bumper production of early cultivation of pineapple this year, with farmers making huge profits from their crops.
Favourable weather has led to the bumper production of the juicy fruit in the region, said sources.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said a total of 2,130 hectares of land have been brought under cultivation of the delicious fruit during the current season, in the district.
Of them, 1,100 hectares of land have been brought under early cultivation.
The wholesalers hope sales will be better as demand for the citrus fruit has increased since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country.
Sources said the tasty and succulent fruit is exported to different parts of the country including Dhaka and Chittagong, after meeting the local demand.
Usually, pineapple is cultivated between June and July, but for the last few years, it has been cultivated during January and February. Farmers from various upazilas of the district bring pineapples to the district town in motorized boats and supply them all over the country through distributors.
Visiting the local retail markets of Rangamati's Banarupa Bazar recently, it was found that medium-sized pineapples are being sold at Tk40 per pair and large size pineapples at Tk70 per pair.
A wholesale seasonal fruit trader said prices are higher now as the pineapple season has not started yet.
He also said they buy each pineapple at Tk4-5 during the regular season but now they are buying each at Tk8-9, which we can sell at Tk12-15.
Krishna Prasad Mallick, deputy director of the Rangamati office of the Department of Agricultural Extension, said pineapples were being cultivated in around ten upazilas of Rangamati but more were being cultivated in Naniarchar and Rangamati Sadar.
During the last season, 55,850 tons of pineapples were produced on 2,130 hectares of land in ten upazilas of Rangamati. Of the land, 1,070 hectares are in Naniarchar and 570 hectares in Sadar upazila. Arable land will increase more this year, he added.
The Department of Agriculture has cultivated pineapples early on 1,100 hectares of land. Farmers are benefiting from early cultivation and are inclined to cultivating more, said Krishna Prasad.