Litchi farmers are hopeful about earning good profits this year due to higher prices compared to previous years. However, the limited supply of litchis has made the current price unaffordable for the average consumer. Prolonged heat waves have negatively impacted litchi production, resulting in fewer fruits and increased prices. Despite the upcoming arrival of other juicy fruits like mangoes and jackfruit, the demand for fresh litchis remains high, allowing roadside fruit sellers to command higher prices. Currently, litchis are being sold in the city for Tk 400 to 500 per 100 pieces.
Farmers attribute the smaller size of this year’s litchis to the intense heat waves and irregular rainfall. However, they are experiencing a higher yield and encouraging market prices. The abundance of litchis this year, despite their smaller size, is expected to bring extra profits for farmers. Various litchi varieties are appearing in the market, with more expected in the coming weeks. Litchi cultivation is gaining popularity, and different regions of Bangladesh are known for their specific litchi varieties. Promising growth in litchi production has been reported in several districts, showcasing the fruit’s commercial value and potential for farmers.