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Mustard farmers happy getting bumper production, excellent price

Mustard farmers are very happy getting a

bumper production of mustard and excellent market price after completing

harvest of the oil seeds last week in Rangpur agriculture region.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said a target of

producing 53,733 tonnes of mustard from 38,710 hectares of land was fixed for

all five districts in the region during the current Rabi season.

"Farmers finally cultivated mustard on 39,290 hectares of land exceeding the

fixed farming target by 580 hectares or 1.50 percent this season," Additional

Director of the DAE's Rangpur region Agriculturist Md. Tauhidul Ikbal told

BSS today.

Farmers cultivated mustard on 7,700 hectares of land in Rangpur, 10,115

hectares in Gaibandha, 13,980 hectares in Kurigram, 1,940 hectares in

Lalmonirhat and 5,555 hectares of land in Nilphamari districts this time in

the region.

"After completing harvest of the crop, farmers have produced 57,370 tonnes of

mustard in the region, also exceeding the fixed production target by 3,637

tonnes or 6.77 percent this season," he said.

Farmers achieved an excellent average yield rate of 1.46 tonnes of the oil

seeds per hectare of land following expanded cultivation of its high yielding

varieties evolved by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI).

Deputy Director of the DAE for Rangpur, Agriculturist Md. Obaidur Rahman

Mandal said farmers mostly cultivated high yielding varieties of mustard like

BARI Sarisa-14, BARI Sarisa-15 and BARI Sarisa-18 and other varieties this

time.

The DAE and other agriculture related departments extended assistance to

farmers to make the intensive mustard cultivation programme a success.

The government also distributed mustard seeds and fertilizers free of cost as

special incentives among small and marginal farmers to cultivate mustard on

one bigha of land each.

"Despite crop diversification and cultivation of Aman rice on more land

during the last season, farmers exceeded the fixed mustard farming target by

bringing more land under cultivation of the highly profitable crop this

season," Mandal added.

Market sources said the newly harvested mustard oilseed is currently being

sold at rates between Taka 3,500 and Taka 4,000 per mound (every 40 kg) in

local markets depending on the quality and variety of the oil seeds.

"In the beginning of the harvesting of mustard last month, the oil seeds were

being sold at rates between Taka 2,800 and Taka 3,000 per mound (every 40

kg)," said mustard trader Mohsin Ali at Shotibari Bazar in Mithapukur upazila

of Rangpur.

Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS

Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid appreciated various pragmatic steps

taken by the government to expand mustard farming and increase its output for

attaining self-reliance on edible oil.

"Expanded farming of high yielding varieties of mustard adopting latest

technologies is contributing to increasing production of the crop creating a

new hope of meeting local demand of edible oil reducing dependence on its

import in the future," he added.

Talking to BSS, farmers Manik Mian, Solaiman Ali, Dulal Chandra Roy, Amenur

Rahman, Sohel Rana, Iqbal Hossain and Mohammad Ali of different villages in

Rangpur said they were very happy getting bumper mustard production with

lucrative prices.

Source: United News of Bangladesh