Although the Khagrachhari district saw a sharp rise in mango production in the last couple of years, there is no particular place or market for the growers and traders to sell their produce. Due to this situation, local mango growers are being deprived of proper prices while middlemen are taking advantage of the situation and making a huge profit.
Local mango growers urged the authorities concerned to set up a separate market place for them. Growers said although earlier there was no commercial mango orchard in the district, a huge number of mango orchards have been developed for commercial purposes within the last decade.
Although the production has multiplied during the period, no particular market has been developed to buy or sell the popular juicy fruit, they said. As there is no particular mango market, growers compelled to sell their fruit alongside other agricultural products at the Khagrachhari Bazaar.
According to the Khagrachhari Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) over 3,000 hectares of land have been brought under mango cultivation in different parts of the district, with a production target of 22,000 tonnes.
Grower Kiran Bikash Chakma said for quality mango production, adequate medicines, fertilisers and proper care is a must which increases the production costs a bit as well. “If a separate mango market is set up at the Khagrachhari Bazaar, traders from different parts of the country will come here and purchase mangos directly from the farmers,” Kiran said.