The early ripening litchi varieties of Narayanganj’s Sonargaon upazila have made their way to the market. These litchi crops have been grown on approximately 105 hectares of land, distributed throughout 10 unions and one municipality of the upazila. Although the yield has been lower compared to previous years due to unfavorable weather, traders are satisfied with the market prices in the early season. The most commonly cultivated varieties in the region are Kadmi, China-3, Mozaffar Puri, Cardamom, and Badami, with Kadmi litchi having increased in popularity recently due to their larger size and higher selling rate.
Many traders are purchasing the fruits directly from orchards and exporting them to different districts of the country. Despite the lack of timely rain this year, tourists and traders alike flock to the orchards to buy litchis, as they are renowned for their size, sweetness, taste, and early marketing in the country. Although the total yield on 105 hectares of land is 700 tonnes, the smaller size of litchi this year due to lack of rain has affected the pricing, with Kadmi litchi being sold for Tk 400-600 and others for Tk 250-300 per bunch of 1,000 litchis.