2.93-lakh tonnes mustard seed yield likely in Rajshahi division

RAJSHAHI Farmers and agriculturists are expecting to

get over 2.93 lakh tonnes of mustard seed yield from 2.05 lakh hectares of

land in all eight districts under Rajshahi division during the current

season.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)'s different initiatives and

favorable climate conditions in the region during this Rabi season becomes

boon for mustard plants to grow well, predicting bumper productions. At

present, entire of the farming fields have turned into yellowish, creating an

eye-catching look.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set target of producing 1.12

lakh tonnes of mustard from 80,586 hectares of land in four districts of

Rajshahi Agricultural Zone while another 1.81 lakh tonnes from 1.25 lakh

hectares of land in four districts of Bogura Agricultural Zone.

Deb Dulal Dhali, Additional Director of DAE, said 65,000 farmers were

given seeds and fertilizers worth around Taka 5.20 crore free of cost for

cultivating mustard in the division under the government's agriculture

incentive programme.

In addition to the DAE, various other research and development

organizations like Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) and many

NGOs have taken adequate steps in collaboration with other departments this

season to achieve the fixed production targets.

The agri-departments and NGOs have already provided quality seeds,

necessary inputs and trainings on the latest technologies to the farmers.

The landless and marginal farmers have also brought vast tracts of the

sandy char lands under mustard cultivation this time in the Ganges basins and

the crops are growing excellent everywhere in the region.

Sabbir Hossain, 35, of Bijoynagar village under Godagari Upazila, said he

had cultivated mustard seed on two bigha of land last year and got yield of

six mounds per bigha.

He has brought three bighas of land under the cash crop farming this season

and expecting good yield.

Bachhu Mian, 45, another farmer of Amnura village, has become successful

through cultivating the cash crop for the last couple of years. This year, he

cultivated the crop on four bighas of land.

Meanwhile, DASCOH Foundation, an NGO, under its 'Integrated Water Resource

Management (IWRM) Project' has been working for promoting various less-water

consuming crops like mustard.

The IWRM project is being implemented at around 1,280 drought-prone

villages in 39 Union Parishads and three municipalities of eight upazilas in

Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts since 2014, said Jahangir

Alam Khan, Assistant Coordinator of the project.

On Farm Research Division (OFRD) of BARI has been working for making the

crop farming profitable through extension of its improved variety and

improved management in the Barind area.

BARI has released 16 high yielding mustard seed varieties and two of those-

BARI Sharisha-15 and Tari-7 have become popular in the growers' level of the

region.

Dr Shakhawat Hossain, Senior Scientific Officer of OFRD (Barind Centre),

said more than 100 farmers were given improved varieties of mustard seeds and

fertilizer for farming on around 120 bighas of land in Rajshahi,

Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts during the current season.

He said mustard seed is a water-saving crop and its expansion in Barind

area is very important towards lessening the gradually mounting pressure on

its underground water.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)