Lemon growers in Tangail are quite pleased by the huge demand and increased prices for their goods this season. According to traders, the demand for citrus fruits increased following the coronavirus outbreak in March last year as people believed foods with vitamin C would help stave off Covid-19.
Now, amid a second wave of infections, both the demand and price for lemons reached an all-time high. Tangail is known for producing copious amounts of lemon, including the seedless, elachi and colombo varieties. The district's Delduar county is the main hub for lemon growers and orchards in the area. As per data from the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) office in Tangail, lemons were cultivated on 2,157 hectares of land in the district this season.
Delduar county was the most heavily cultivated as 800 hectares of land was used while it was 615 hectares in Mirzapur, 130 hectares in Sakhipur and 71 hectares in Madhupur. The district grew around 42,287 tons of lemon in total this year with each hectare producing about 20 tons of the fruit.