The cultivators of Manikganj district are expecting a bumper production of mustard in the current season as the favourable weather is prevailing. Good yielding of the winter crop and its fair price during the last several years have inspired farmers of all 7 upazilas of the district to expand areas of mustard cultivation.
Easy cultivation and harvesting process and lower production cost have also contributed to a rise in popularity of mustard cultivation in the areas, Department of Agriculture Extension official said.
Alauddin, one of the mustard cultivators of village Nabagram under Sadar upazila, has said that after harvesting the Aman they started cultivation of mustard in their lands and after harvesting the mustard they would cultivate in the land their main crop Boro.
DAE sources said a total of 43,149 hectares of land have been brought under mustard cultivation in all the seven upazilas of the district during the current season with a production target of 49,661 tonnes of mustard.
Of the total 8,500 hectares in Sadar upazila, 3,000 hectares in Saturia, 9,500 hectares in Singair, 7,000 hectares in Ghior, 5,500 hectares in Shibalaya, 3,649 hectares in Harirampur and 6,000 hectares in Daulatpur upazila.
Most of the lands of the district were cultivated varieties by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), including Tori-7, Bari-14 and Bari-15.
A few local varieties including Rai Sharisha was also been cultivated, DAE office sources said.
Abdul Wahab, another cultivator of village Gilando said he cultivated mustard in six bighas of land high yielding varieties invented by BARI between the gaps of Aman and Boro to earn extra profit.
The DAE sources said more than 70 percent of lands in the district have been cultivated Tori-7 kind of mustard during the current season.
A few of the land was cultivated Bari-14 and Bari-15. The sources also said favourable weather was prevailing in the area and there was no attack of insects, according to BSS.