Friday, March 15, 2013

VARENDRA : THE BANK OF MANGO




Mango trees in Rajshahi are budding in abundance giving an eye soothing sight to behold and outlook of a good harvest of the summer fruit this season, much to the pleasure of the growers. The mango prospect seems good in the coming season in greater Rajshahi district despite bitter cold, fog and inclement weather, informed officials of Mango Research Centres ( Regional Horticulture Research Centre) in Chapainawabganj and in Rajshahi.
Agro-based economy of the region has become vibrant by dint of the intensified mango trading everywhere in Rajshahi and Chapainawabgonj districts at present.
Besides the market, hat and other growth centre ones, the mango- based trade and business has changed the rural economic scenario of the region as a whole.
At present, if any one visits wherever and whenever in the two districts he or she will see mango and its vending and many people and the visitors in particular purchasing the delicious fruit whatever the price is.
According to the sources concerned, transaction worth around Taka two crore is being done in Baneshwar of Rajshahi and Kansat of Chapainawabgon, two major mango-trading hubs of the region, everyday.
Besides, huge other mangoes are being sold in other numerous wholesale and retail markets escalating the transaction of the commercial banks in the region.
Like the previous years, people from across the country rush to Rajshahi city and its outskirts especially the two mango-trading hubs to buy quality juicy mangoes.
Brisk business of some king varieties of mango like Gopalbhog, Langra, Khirsapat, Mohanbhog are going on amid high price ranging between Taka 2000 to 2400 per maund in the wholesale markets at present and there is no opportunity of declining the market price in the days ahead.
Seasonal jobs of around 50,000 people were created in the mango- business related multidimensional activities from harvesting to final sale besides carrying, basket-making, packaging and segregation.

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