Mustard farming increasing in northern districts

THE YELLOW CARPET: A woman worker removing weeds from a mustard field at Poila village in Tangail Sadar upazila. PHOTO: STAR

THE YELLOW CARPET: A woman worker removing weeds from a mustard field at Poila village in Tangail Sadar upazila. PHOTO: STAR

Bumper yield of mustard is expected in several northern districts this season due to favourable climatic conditions.
Bogra district sees gradual increase of mustard cultivation for last few years, reports our correspondent.
This year 27,846 hectares of land have been brought under mustard cultivation in 12 upazilas of the district and the production target is 32,048 tonnes, said sources of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
The cultivation area in the district was 27,035 hectares, 25,890 hectares and 23,374 hectares of land in 2014, 2013 and 2012, according to DAE office.
“Six to eight maunds of mustard is produced from each bigha of land. A maund of raw mustard usually sells for Tk 1800-2000 and dried mustard for Tk 2200,” said Nazrul Islam, a farmer of Chatua village in Adamdighi upazila of the district.
Large-scale cultivation of mustard is also helpful for apiculture, said apiculturist Riajul Islam of DAE.
Supervision by field level DAE staff and suggestion for timely apply of fertiliser and insecticides at the ‘yard meetings’ with the farmers contribute to good yield of mustard for years, said Bazlur Rashid Raza, additional director of DAE, Bogra.

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