Latiful Azam Kishoreganj (Nilphamari): When the scent of honey is spreading in Boishakh-Jaistha, then in the field of Nilphamari Kishoreganj, rows and rows of litchi trees are being decorated in the garden and in the backyard. This is like the state of litchi. Among the different varieties of litchis with sweet and juicy taste and characteristics, the stalks of the trees are bent under the weight of local varieties of litchis including Bedana, Bombay, China-3. Litchi in bunches of green leaves scattered on the trees on all four sides.Small flies and bees are busy running from tree to tree to extract honey with the honey smell of litchi. Gardeners are hoping that economic prosperity will come to the world by selling litchi in bumper crop if not damaged by natural calamities.
So the local gardeners and farmers have started caring before the buds come in the hope of getting a good yield. In the absence of rainfall in the dry season, they have supplied water to the roots of litchi through irrigation. Already seasonal litchi traders from far and wide including the capital have started coming here. Many wholesalers have purchased hundreds of litchi trees in advance at contract prices.
On the spot, different unions were seen on Tuesday, houses in the garden, litchis were lying in bunches in the courtyards of different organizations.
Professor Anil Chandra, owner of a litchi orchard in Hindupara village in Putimari UP, said the 8-acre litchi orchard has caught an eye. Litchi will start selling in 10/12 days.If you are not damaged by natural calamities, you can earn more than 4/5 lakh rupees by selling this litchi.He further said that on the advice of the agriculture office, pesticides are being used to keep the trees and litchi pods free from insect attacks and diseases.
Tin pots have been tied to the litchi tree to protect it from feathers and bats.Sinha Agro Farm in Bahagili UP has set up a 3-acre litchi orchard on Alhaj Chayed Hossain’s 1 acre land in Uttar Durakuti Paschim Para village in the same UP. They said that due to proper care of the litchi garden from the very beginning, there has been a massive collection of litchis. Agriculture Officer Habibur Rahman said litchi orchards have been set up on 40 hectares of land in the upazila. If litchi is produced properly, the nutritional needs of the area will be met and the farming families will be prosperous.