6.60 lakh tonnes of mustard seed yield likely in Rajshahi division



Around 6.60 lakh tonnes of mustard yield are expected to be harvested from around 4.05 lakh hectares of lands in all eight districts under Rajshahi division during the current Rabi season.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set a target of producing 3.13 lakh tonnes of mustard from 1.92 lakh hectares of land in four districts of Rajshahi Agricultural Zone, while another 3.46 lakh tonnes from 2.12 lakh hectares of land in four other districts of Bogura Agricultural Zone.
At present, entire farming fields have started turning yellowish, creating an eye-catching look. DAE’s different initiatives and favorable climate conditions in the region during this Rabi season becomes a boon for mustard plants to grow well, predicting bumper productions.
Shamsul Wadud, Additional Director of DAE, said each of all the small and marginalized farmers were given one kilogram of high yielding mustard seeds and ten kilograms each of dominium phosphate and murret of potus fertilizers 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 training 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.
Anisuzzaman Dollar, 35, a farmer of Golai village under Godagari Upazila, has brought six bigha of land under the oilseed cultivation in the current season. He had harvested 24 mounds of yield from four bigha of lands in the previous year.
Another farmer of Dhamila village Monirul Islam, 45, has cultivated mustard on 11 bigha of land this season after attaining 30 mounds of yield from five bigha of lands in the previous season.
Abdul Mazid, 35, of Nandigram village under Durgapur 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 is expecting good yield.
Rashidul Hassan, 45, another farmer of Kakonhat 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.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Mariam Ahmed mentioned that the government has attached highest priority to the agriculture sector and added that the field level officials and researchers have taken the responsibilities of reaching the government’s services to the farmers’ doorsteps.
She said the farmers are seen expanding farming of high yielding varieties of mustard on a larger scale to get desired output to supplement government initiatives to ensure food security.