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Amropali creates new hope for CHT farmers

Jasim Majumder, Khagrachhari

Amropali, a new variety of hybrid mango, is showing signs of a bumper production this year in Khargachhari.Amropali cultivation that began in the hills six years ago has opened up great prospects for farmers in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), promising hefty gains.

The production in Khagrachhari this year may be much more than that of last year, Horticulture Department officials and farmers said. The hills with suitable soil and climate may be turned into mango orchards as in Chapainawabganj, they said.

Amropali is now being cultivated in at lest in 650 small gardens and 46 larger ones in Khagrachari district, said horticulturist Mizanur Rahman at Khagrachari Horticulture Centre. Most of the gardens are in Dighinala, Matiranga, Ramgour, Khagrachhari Sadar, Panchhari, Manikchhari, Mohalchhari and Laxmichhari areas.

“Budding started a bit early this year. The climate and soil are suitable for Amropali cultivation in the (CHT) hills”, Mizanur Rahman told this correspondent yesterday.

In a modest target, yield from the gardens in Khargachhari may be 95, 000 mounds if weather remains favourable for two months more, he said.

The horticulture centre distributed 47,000 Amropali plant in Khagrachhari, Rangamari and Bandarban districts in last three years, Mizanur Rahman said.

But the gardens are facing the biggest threat from brick fields. There are more than 140 brick fields in CHT and around 44 of them are in Khagrachari, he said. Smoke from the brick fields badly affects mango buds.”

Farmer Mongshipru Marma in Kongchairi Para said price of Amropali mango is higher by at least Tk 20 per kilogram than that of other mangoes.

The Amropali has created hopes among hill people as it yields fruit within a short time.

Deputy Director of Agriculture Extension Office TM Monjurul Islam said, as climate and soil in the hills are suitable for Amropali, they are trying to expand its cultivation.

Amropali trees full of buds in a garden at Kongchairi Para in Khagrachhari Sadar upazila. PHOTO: STAR

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