Juicy litchi appears in Rajshahi markets
19 May 2015, Nirapad News: With advent of the Bangla month of Joistha,commonly known as ‘Modhumash’ (honey month), the juicy fruit litchi has appeared in the local markets of the region including the Rajshahi city like the previous years amidst exorbitant price.
Due to its less quantity, the present price is beyond purchasing capacity of the commoners.
Side by side with the scorching heat and sultry weather the summer season bring many juicy fruits like litchi, mango, water melon and jackfruit naturally.
Many seasonal traders set up makeshift shops at different points especially Shaheb Bazar, Bindurmore, Luxmipur Bazar, Sheroil Bus Terminal, Railway station and Court bazaar displaying the eye-catching fruit.
In advent of the season, the every 100 fruits are being sold at Taka 250 to 300 based on quality and size. But its trading isn’t remained off despite of the high price as the high class and richer sections are purchasing the high cost fruit whatever the price is.
After seeing the new fruit of the year, many people are seen coming to purchase it but return back failing to synchronize between their taste and capacity.
“Now, I have no capacity to purchase litchi in accordance to my wish in the high price situation and have to wait for some days until its price is reduced,” said Nazmul Islam, a resident of Upashahar, who came to Shaheb Bazar for purchasing litchi, while expressing his reaction .
The sellers said the price is high as the supply is scanty but commented that the price will be reduced to some extent when the supply will be enhanced within the next couple of days.
While talking to BSS trader Shamim Hossain at Shaheb Bazar said on Sunday that many of the farmers are seen harvesting unripe litchi in bid to get more money.
He said the farmers are harvesting the cash crop before full-length ripe with hope of more profit and in apprehension of natural calamity.
Dr Abdul Alim, Senior Scientific Officer of Rajshahi Fruit Research Station, told that litchi is grown well in Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts in the country’s northwest region but the litchi of Ishwardi is very delicious and famous across the country. In Rajshahi, there are 370.4 hectares of litchi orchards with creation of new ones. He said commercial farming of some of the fruits especially mango and litchi are gradually being enhanced in the region.
He said yield of litchi has been affected to some extent due to the scorching heat and rainless condition of the season. But in all aspects,there will be an expected yield, he hoped.