Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bumper litchi production in Dinajpur

Bumper litchi production in Dinajpur

DINAJPUR, May 21: Litchi is now flooded in local markets of Dinajpur as the district has witnessed bumper production of the delicious fruit thanks to favorable environment and extending necessary supports to growers. Touhidul Iqbal, deputy-director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Dinajpur office, said 5,002 hectares of land were brought under litchi cultivation in 13 upazilas in the district. There are 3,267 litchi orchards in the district, he said, "Bumper litchi production is also seen in homesteads… Alongside local varieties of the lichi, hybrid China-2, 3 and 4 varieties are also cultivated in the district." Price ranging from Taka 150 to 200 per hundred in different markets in Dinajpur, local growers said adding, traders are purchasing these litchis from orchard in different areas of Dinajpur and they are sending the seasonal fruits to different regions of the country, particularly in Dhaka city, reports BSS. Traders said different varieties including bombai, Madrazi, Bedana, China, Kathali and Hariya are already available in the markets. Hasan Ali, a grower of Bejera village under Birol upazila, said, "I have three litchi orchards with 500 trees… I am happy with good yielding of lichi and I am expecting for selling litchi with fair prices." Deputy Commissioner Md Mahmudul Alam told BSS that, "We have educated growers for not using any pesticide and contaminated medicines for cultivating litchi as it is a harmful practice for human health.

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