In the north-western regions of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj, the mango is the a leading seasonal cash crop. The fruit setting process of mango is going on smoothly amid favourable climatic condition predicting bumper production of the most popular fruit in these districts.
According to dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of the Rajshahi Fruit Research Center, the fruit setting stage is progressing now well and the mango trees experience favourable climatic conditions.
Dr Alim said even in early January this year, some mango trees were seen budding. In this connection, he mentioned sudden fluctuation of temperature might be a cause of such early budding. He said the temperature during Mid-December to early January dropped to 10 to 5oC, which usually comes down in late January.
According to official sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and Regional Fruit Research Station, over 85% mango trees have bloomed abundantly during this season on an average.