Mustard-based cropping pattern highly profitable: Agriculturists

RANGPUR Agriculturists at a farmers' field day event

have said large-scale adoption of the mustard-based cropping pattern in

between Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice and Boro rice cultivation is highly

profitable.

Rangpur Sub-station of Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA)

organised the event at Haridebpur village in Sadar upazila here on Thursday

afternoon to expand cultivation of high yielding and short-duration BINA

Sarisa-9 variety of mustard during the Rabi season.

Presided over by Senior Scientific Officer of Rangpur Sub-station of BINA

Agriculturist Mohammad Ali, 150 local male and female farmers participated in

the event followed by harvesting of BINA Sarisa-9 on an exhibition plot.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) for

Rangpur Agriculturist Dr Mohammad Sarwarul Haque was present as the chief

guest.

Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist HM Moniruzzaman Rabbani

attended the function as special guest.

Senior Scientific Officer at Rangpur Sub-station of BINA Agriculturist Md

Tanzilur Rahman Mondal, Scientific Officers Agriculturist Md Mahmudul Hasan

and Agriculturist Md Motabber Rahman also spoke.

The agriculturists discussed the cultivation technology and agronomic

management of short duration BINA Sarisa-9 variety of mustard to farmers for

increasing production of the oil seed.

Agriculturist Tanzilur said the yield rate of BINA Sarisa-9 variety of

mustard is higher than other varieties and brings lucrative profits to

farmers.

The farmers can easily cultivate BINA Sarisa-9 on the same land where

they cultivate two crops of Transplanted Aman rice and Boro rice annually

also to increase crop intensity along with earning more profits, he added.

The chief guest said farmers generally cultivate only T-Aman rice and Boro

rice on large area of medium highland in Rangpur division where three crops

could be cultivated adopting the mustard-based 'Transplanted Aman rice-

Mustard-Boro rice cropping pattern.'

After harvesting BINA Sarisa-9 variety of mustard, farmers can transplant

Boro rice seedlings on the same land timely to reap more profits along with

increasing crop intensification and reducing dependence on import of edible

oil, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)