Mango trading has gained momentum with appearance of several varieties of mango in the markets of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts, which are famous for the delicious fruit.
Besides the market, haat and other growth centre ones, the mango-based trade and business has changed the rural economic scenario of the region as a whole.
Now the city's markets are abundant with all varieties of mango and the wholesale buyers as well as the retailers have been pouring into the markets and bargaining to settle the price.
During the current peak season, Gopalbhog, a king variety of mango for its taste and flavor along with some other delicious varieties like Langra and Himsagar have appeared in the markets in abundance besides other local and developed varieties. However, the brisk business of Gopalbhog is on the final stage.
According to the sources concerned, market price of the seasonal delicious fruit is exorbitant this season due to less production caused by different natural catastrophes.
Gopalbhog is being sold at Taka 2600 to 2800 per mound while Langra and Himsagar at Taka 2200 to Taka 2400 and Taka 2000 to 2200 in the wholesale markets and there is no possibility that the market price will come down in the days ahead.
In Rajshahi city, many places like Shaheb Bazar, Swarnapatty, Seroil, Railway Gate, Luxmipur, Bus terminal, Court Bazaar, New Market, Upashahar Market, Shalbagan, Binodpur, Court Station and Baneshwar Bazar are flooded with mangoes.Besides the market-based trading, many vendors are selling mango with vans and other manual vehicles frequently.
Ali Hossain, a mango-trader at Bus terminal in the metropolis, said the much- expected buying and selling has been gaining momentum gradually despite the high price.
Like the previous years, people from across the country are coming in Rajshahi city and its outskirts especially Baneshawar Bazar to buy quality juicy mangoes. Meanwhile, at present around 40 tonnes of mangoes are being supplied and transported from Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts to different parts of the country including the capital city Dhaka everyday.
In addition to the passenger-coach, train, truck and other private vehicles, huge mangoes are being transported by the courier services in particular every day.
Some conscious buyers alleged that a section of unscrupulous mango traders are mixing quality mangoes with low quality ones to make extra profit.
Centering the marketing of mango, also an important cash crop in the northwestern Bangladesh especially in the two districts, a large number of people are involved in various types of works in the two districts.
Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer of Mango Research Centre, said mango farming is increasing every year and the gardeners are earning huge profits by cultivating high yielding and hybrid varieties like Amropali side by side with the traditional and popular indigenous varieties.