A bumper litchi production has delighted B’baria district growers as they will now be getting fair prices for the fruit, despite the Corona-virus situation. Local growers said although they were worried over the sale of litchi amid the virus situation now they are happy that the juicy fruit worth around Tk 1 crore is being sold in different markers of the district every day.
The litchis of Bijoynagar county are famous for their sweetness and taste and that’s why fruit traders from different parts of the country throng here to buy the fruit, they said. In other parts of the country the delicious fruit arrived in the market in the mid-April but in Bijoynagar it started to come to the market in the month of May.
Sources said the litchi growers in Bijoynagar started its commercial cultivation in 2000 and most of the people of the county got involved in the business as it proved to be more profitable than other business with less effort. Many growers there have turned their lands into litchi orchards.
The traders from Brahmanbaria, Cumilla, Narsingdi, Bhairab, Noakhali, Chandpur, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Srimangal, Habiganj, Feni and Dhaka come to the markets to buy the fruit, said local traders.
Growers told unb.com.bd that this year’s litchi sales are a little bit less than last year - due to the Corona-virus - but the overall business is good.