The Financial Express

Bogra peasants eye bumper mustard production

Farming starts in Nilphamari

Our correspondent | Published: December 13, 2017 11:24:16 | Updated: December 13, 2017 12:02:28

A mustard field in Bogra Sadar upazila. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — FE Photo A mustard field in Bogra Sadar upazila. The photo was taken on Tuesday. — FE Photo

An excellent growth of mustard across the Bogra district has made the growers optimistic of getting a bumper production during the current season.

The cultivation of mustard has been easier in the region due to a favourable weather condition and a timely supply of necessary agri-inputs.

After getting a noticeable production in the previous year, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) is expecting a production of over 40,000 tonnes of mustard in this current Robi season.

DAE has set a target to bring more than 27,000 hectares of land under mustard cultivation and the farmers already sowed it on over 25,000 hectares, said Sub-Assistance Agriculture Officer Faridur Rahman.

Anarul (34), a farmer of Shibganj upazila of the district, told FE that he has cultivated mustard on some 40 decimals of land at a cost of Tk 12000 and is expecting a bumper yield this season.

The farmers are now massively inspired after getting a repeated bumper production with satisfactory prices in recent years to cultivate mustard on more land after harvesting T-Aman rice, said DAE officials.

The DAE, along with other agriculture-related organisations, provides all necessary agri-inputs, including quality seeds, latest technologies and fertilisers, to promote cultivation of the profitable crop.

Protul Chanda Sarker, Deputy Director of DAE, said the farmers have shown more interest to cultivate high-yielding mustard this season.

Meanwhile, our Nilphamari correspondent adds: Mustard cultivation has started in the district. The farmers are cultivating the oilseed crop on the same land after harvesting Aman paddy.

Highland is suitable for cultivating mustard. Low cost and easy production procedure encourage the growers to farm it on more land.

Mustard is a short-duration crop and so farmers can harvest the profitable crop within 70 days of sprinkling of the seeds.

If hybrid seed is used, it may produce up to 12 maunds of mustard on a bigha of land. During the harvesting period, its price stands at Tk 2,000 per maund in the local market.

Abdur Rahman, a farmer of Itakhola union under Sadar upazila, said he has cultivated mustard on one bigha of land.

He is expecting a profit of Tk 25,000 from a yield of over 10 maunds if weather conditions remain favourable this season.

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