Chapainawabganj farmers are expecting good profits by cultivating oranges, which researchers say are up to par in quality compared to the ones imported into Bangladesh.
The success in orange farming in Chapainawabganj owes its credit to Motiur Rahman, a national award-winning farmer, who now has 550 orange trees from which he expects a good profit.
Four years ago, Motiur began experimental cultivation of 20 orange varieties on 16 bighas of land. He found that four varieties originated from the USA, China, India and Australia are performing better than the rest according to dhakatribune
Although Motiur could sell his produce from the second year of his cultivation, significant profit started coming in from the fourth year.
Motiur Rahman said this year he harvested 30-40kg orange from each tree. "I sold oranges at Tk 150-160 per kilo. Last year, I made a profit of Tk2 lakh. This year, I am hoping to bump it up to Tk 5 lakh.”
Motiur's success has inspired many farmers to take up orange cultivation in the district, even those who are already affluent and successful.
Germplasm Officer Johurul Islam, of Chapainawabganj Horticulture Centre, said oranges are growing well in the district due to suitable weather and soil conditions.
"We have been testing the oranges grown in Motiur's orchard for the past few years and comparing it with the imported oranges. In our inspection, we have found that there is no difference between them. The oranges are easy to peel and quite delicious."