Rows of trees, six to seven feet tall, heavy with green malta fruit is a rare sight to behold at Satoti village in Mymensingh.
For the first time in Gouripur upazila, Abul Mansur Ahmed, an award winning agriculturist, has been able to successfully grow an orchard of the citrus fruit on 33 decimals of his ancestral land.
Mansur, who retired as assistant agriculture extension officer from the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Mymensingh in 2017, said he wanted to experiment with large scale farming of malta in the plain land of Gouripur although the fruit usually grows in mountainous areas.
“I collected some 90 malta saplings of BARI-1 variety from Gouripur Upazila Agriculture Office in 2017 and started the orchard using my previous agricultural experiences,” Mansur said.
Two years later, he earned a profit of about Tk 1 lakh by selling malta at Tk 4,400 per maund, he informed.