Chapainawabganj district is located in the north-western part of Bangladesh. The region is known for bumper yields of mangoes, but it is currently seeing a slump in production. And growers and traders in the district have raised prices twofold, claiming production has halved.
The district unit of the Department of Agriculture, however, said despite the low production, the target for output has been achieved. Some of the traders in Kansat and Puraton Bazar said they had enough supply in the past two years, but business was down due to restrictions imposed by the authorities over the coronavirus pandemic.
Now they are making a good profit despite a drop in supply as more customers are showing up, the traders said. Usually, Gopalbhog mangoes remain in the market for a short time and are sold out in a week’s time. Last year, the traders sold Gopalbhog at Tk 35 per kg which is now sold at around Tk 80 per Kg.
Kansat and other markets in the district are filled with different types of mangoes, including Langra, Khirsapati, Fazli and Amropali. Langra mangos are sold at more than Tk 90 per kg and Khirsapati at over Tk 110.
[ Tk 100 = € 1.00 ]