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Mustard farming gains popularity in Madaripur

  • Published at 10:52 pm January 21st, 2020
Favourable weather helps mustard cultivation in Madaripur Dhaka Tribune

The croplands are now in full bloom everywhere in the district

Mustard farming is gaining popularity in Madaripur, as the farmers brought more lands under its cultivation this year.

They have already exceeded the cultivation target and brought 13,890 hectares of land under the cultivation against the earlier-set cultivation target of 12,000 hectares of land.

The croplands are now in full bloom everywhere in the district.

The farmers sowed Bari Sarisha 9, 11, 14, 15, 17 and Tory 7 varieties of mustard seed after harvesting early winter varieties of vegetables.

Now, the blooming mustard is growing rapidly amid favourable weather.

GMA Gafur, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the district, said the farmers have been showing interest in mustard farming on more lands after getting repeated bumper productions and fair price in recent years.

Besides, necessary training, assistance, inputs, quality seeds, technologies and agriculture loans have also been provided to the farmers make the farming successful this year, the DD added.

Farmer Rezaul Bepari of Chargabindapur village under Khawajpur union of Sadar upazila said, "The mustard grew well due to favourable weather this year. We got bumper yield as no natural disaster occurred. We will be happy if we get fair price of mustard."

He expressed his optimism that the local DAE office would provide mustard farmers like him free seeds, fertilizers and other logistical support from next season so they could earn more.

Zakir Hossain, another farmer of Pachkhola union, said "We would recoup our loss of last season's paddy farming and the impact of Cyclone Bulbul through the bumper yield of mustard."

DAE sources said mustard was cultivated on 13,890 hectares of land in four upazilas of the district this year.

Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiqul Islam said, "We provide advice to the farmers regularly on mustard cultivation. We hope to get bumper yield of mustard this year."