Panchagarh growers leaning towards lotkon
DOT Desk: Mouth-watering fruit Burmese grape, commonly known as lotkon, is gaining popularity among growers in Panchagarh, reports The Daily Star.
Rising demand coupled with good selling price and high yield are drawing most growers to invest in the fruit for commercial production in recent times.
Most growers are also taking interest in Burmese grape because its plant grows on higher land where other cash crops do not grow well. Many of them now find it more profitable to grow Burmese grape in betelnut orchards on such fallow land.
Much to the delight of the growers, the commercially produced larger, tastier and bright-coloured variety of Burmese grape, especially from Panchagarh, is now in high demand across the country.
Abu Hanif, deputy director of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Panchagarh, said Burmese grape is being cultivated on nearly 35 hectares of land in betelnut orchards in the district this year.