Mango trading has gained momentum in different markets of Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts with the appearance of delicious varieties of the seasonal fruit.
The markets famous for mango business including Baneswar, Shaheb Bazar, Haragram, Upashahar, Shalbagan, Rajabari, Godagari, Kansat and Rohanpur have got an eye-catching look amidst bumper production making the local economy vibrant.
'Gopal Bhog', one of the delicious and mouth-watering mango varieties, is now on the final stage, while the farmers and traders have been harvesting some other varieties following the instruction of local administration.
The sweetest varieties of mango - like Khirsapat and Himsagar - are coming to the markets abundantly, while Langra is also available. Harvest of Fazli and Amrapali will start on June 15. Ashwina and BARI Mango-4 varieties will be harvested within the next couple of weeks.
Abu Sayeed, a trader at Baneswar Bazar in Puthiya upazila, said all the varieties are being sold at reasonable price according to size and quality in wholesale markets at present.
Many of the small-businessmen are seen selling mango on roadsides or vending at localities on rickshaw-vans and modes of carriers.
Currently, most kitchen and vegetable markets have become flooded with the newly harvested mangoes in the region creating traffic congestion, particularly the morning hours.
Montu Sarker, lease-holder of Baneswar Bazar, said farmers and traders have started harvesting mangoes after getting instruction from the district administration this year. That's why mangoes are appearing in the markets as Gopalbhog, Himsagar and Langra, Lakhna and some other indigenous varieties have ripened naturally.
Abu Forman Ali, 53, a wholesale trader said Langra and Himsagar mangoes are being sold at Taka 3,500 to 4,000 per mound according to quality, while the native varieties are sold at Taka 1,500 to 2,000.
In addition to the market, hat and other growth centres, the mango-based trade and business has changed the rural economic scenario of the region as a whole.
"We are selling 30 mounds of mangoes at Taka 3,000 to 3,500 per mound on an average every day," said Jamal Uddin, a mango trader of Shaheb Bazar.
Besides, large quantities of mangoes are being sent to other places in the country including capital Dhaka from Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj by passenger-coaches, trains, trucks and private vehicles every day.
Meanwhile, trading of mangoes online has gained a peak everywhere in the region benefitting both the sellers and buyers.
Business on online platforms has gained popularity to reach the mangoes towards the doorsteps of the buyers amid the pandemic situation.
Many of the young entrepreneurs in the region are selling mangoes online after the best uses of facebook and WhatsApp like various social media.
With this breakthrough, employment scopes for many people have been generated on one hand and the mango growers are getting fair prices on the other hand. Apart from this, the consumers are getting formalin-free and fresh mango according to their demands timely.
Shamsul Wadud, additional director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said there are more than 2.65 lakh mango growers and orchard owners in the region comprising Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore and Naogaon districts.
Around 1.30 lakh people are engaged in various activities related to mango harvesting, segregating, packaging, transporting and marketing.
He added that the DAE has set a target of harvesting around ten lakh tonnes of mangoes from 80,360 hectares of land in the region this season while last year's production was 8,31,940 tonnes from 72,909 hectares of land.