Dinajpur litchi growers are afraid they are looking at a record low production this year because of an unfavorable climate, the absence of pollinators and the high temperatures during the last winter season. Horticulture experts in the district predict the consumer will pay much more for the fruit this year.
Many varieties of litchis are produced in Dinajpur. Among them, Madrazi, Bombai, China-1, 2 and 3, and Bedana are the most popular ones, which are grown in Mashimpur, Madhabbati, Moheshpur, Korola, Robipur, Birganj, Chirirbandar and Khansama villages.
Litchi was cultivated on 5,390 hectares this year, slightly higher than last year's 5,293 hectares. But the growers have set a much lower production target of 45,000 tons, down from 54,164 tons last year. There are around 4,000 commercial orchards in 13 counties inside the district.
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