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A floating guava market in the country's southern Barisal district, Known as ''The Venice of Bengal'', is now abuzz with buyers and sellers in Swarupkathi, Barisal, Bangladesh as the harvest of guava is on its peak August 16, 2022, Barisal, Barisal, Bangladesh. There are hundreds of boats filled with guava and all the trades occur on boats. The guavas are grown in orchards which sit along the river and are transported by boats to the market as the use of boats reduces transportation costs for the farmers. Barisal is especially known for Guava, fondly called the “Apple of Bengal”. Around 130-140 tonnes of guava are sold daily. As Barisal is the biggest grower of the native varieties of guava in the country, with an annual production volume exceeding 15,000 metric tonnes, farmers heavily rely on guava farming. The floating market appears as the centre of Barisal (aka The Venice of Bengal) beauty. Guava is cultivated in five unions of Swarupkathi (presently known as Nesarabad) across 640 hectares of land. The eye-soothing guava orchards on canals over Jhalokathi's Sugandha, Bishkhali, Gabkhan and Sandhya river are Southern region's main places of guava farming. Every day, thousands of tons of guavas are supplied all across the country. All of this started 125 years ago when one Purno Mondal from Nesarabad upazila brought back some guava seeds from Goya and planted them in his village home. The guava was a culinary hit with the locality and its fame gradually spread across the country. Nobody knows when the idea of this floating market began, but it's a hundred-year old tradition. Development and modernization are taking over the country but it's surprising to see them not reaching this river-oriented life yet. For more than 100 years, the local farmers have been experiencing the ups and downs of life along with the ebb and flow of the river. (Credit Image: Joy Saha/ZUMA Press Wire/apaimages)