Bumper orange production likely in two North Bengal districts
RANGPUR, Dec 31 (BSS) – Bumper orange production is likely in Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts this season, experts and Growers said.
The farmers started growing orange in the orchards and homesteads since 2006 when the government launched a five-year Orange Development Project (ODP) which successfully ended in last June.
Horticulture Specialist Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said orange farming has three segments; nurturing of the old fruit-giving plants, farming in the homesteads and orchards and on exhibition plots.
Currently, there are some three lakh orange trees including tender and fruit giving ones on over 450 small, medium and large- scale orchards and many homesteads covering nearly 200 hectares in the two districts.
The farmers are expecting a production of about 100 tonnes quality orange this season as number of the fruit-giving trees.
During the project period, the DAE provided training on orange cultivation to 15,000 farmers, 400 sub-assistant agriculture officers, set up 368 bloc exhibitions, 8,280 homestead gardens and arranged 500 farmers’ field days, Mezbahul said.
According to DAE expert Mamunur Rashid, the soil, topography, annual rainfall, soil Ph condition in these two districts are highly favourable for commercial cultivation of orange.
Agri-scientist Dr MA Mazid told BSS prospect of commercial orange farming in these districts is very bright and orange farming has been expanding fast.
While narrating their success, farmers Asir Uddin Ahammed, Achinta Kumar Karkun, Abdul Gaffar, Jitendra Nath, Kakka Pradhan and Abdul Jalil of Panchagarh district said they are getting bumper production of orange and good price for their produce.