Amphan takes huge toll on mango in Rajshahi

The severe storm followed by the cyclone Amphan that devastated upazilas of Rajshahi caused a fall of nearly 20 percent of mangoes of the district including at Rajshahi city areas.

According to a source of Agriculture Extension Department in Rajshahi, the percentage of fallen mango due to storm impact would be 15 per cent of the total production. On the other hand, Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Hamidul Haque said on Thursday morning that 20 per cent of total mango have been fallen due to impact of Amphan in the district and in surrounding upazilas.

Due to the fall of mango, mango growers and farmers of the district would incur a huge loss. They said, this year the production of mango in the orchards of the district was less. They said, due to the fall of mango in cyclonic storm Amphan, the production of mango will decrease in the district and they were would incur a huge loss.

Abul Kalam Azad, a mango orchard owner of Premtali village under Godagari upazila said, the cyclonic storm Amphan caused a devastating impact on the standing mango orchards of the upazila. A huge number of mango fell due to impact of the storm. Many farmers and Mango orchard owners were not even collecting those fallen mangoes because of a very low price of those in the market which is usually Taka 4.00 to 5.00 per kilogramme.

Deputy Director of Agriculture Extension Dept. Rajshahi, Shamsul Haque, the fall of mango due to the impact of cyclonic storm Amphan would be from 15 per cent to 20 per cent of the total production.

Rajshahi Meteorological Office in charge Latifa Helen informed, the Cyclone Amphan was weakened before reaching to Rajshahi. The airspeed of the storm near Rajshahi was 59 kilometre per hour. Due to weak airspeed and a weakened storm, there was no loss of lives or properties in the district though it causes fall of some mangoes and some other fruits and damaged some standing crops.