Lemon is being cultivated commercially in six out of total 12 counties in the Tangail district; Delduar, Nagarpur, Mirzapur, Sakhipur, Ghatail and Madhupur. According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Tangail, lemons were cultivated on 2157 hectares of land this year with a target to produce 43,000 tonnes of lemon.
But now, lemon growers in Tangail have incurred huge losses after their lemon orchards were hit hard by the recent devastating and prolonged floods and heavy rains. Lemon orchards on 380 hectares of land in the district were fully damaged by the three phases of floods in July and August.
During a recent visit, it was seen that the lemon orchards were damaged mostly in Sadar, Laohati and Fazilhati unions of Delduar county and Mokna, Pakutia and Mamudnagar in Nagarpur county and Banail, Anatara, Warshi and Jamurki unions in Mirzapur county. Around 500 lemon growers in the areas incurred losses.
Several affected lemon growers said they have already lost their capital. So, they sought government support in this regard. When the lemon plants started dying days before harvest due to stagnant floodwater, they were compelled to harvest and sold out the lemon at throwaway prices, said the growers.
According to thedailystar.net, lemon prices have shot up due to short supply.