Record mustard production likely in Rangpur

Farmers in Lakshmipur district expect bumper yield of mustard this season thanks to favourable weather. The photo was shot from Char Ramonimohon area under Moju Chowdhury Hat union in Sadar upazila on Sunday. STAR MAIL

RANGPUR: A record bumper mustard production is likely in Rangpur agriculture region during current Rabi season, as harvest of the crop just began with excellent yield rates, reports BSS.

Harvest of the crop continues in full swing in riverine char lands while the process will get full momentum by the end of January in the main land areas.

According to sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), harvest of the crop continues in full swing in the riverine char areas while the process will get full momentum by this month end in the main land.

According to market sources, the average price of mustard fell down to Taka 2,000 per maund (40 kg) against the price of Taka 2,250 per maund last month in the region with the arrival of the newly harvested mustard in the local markets.

Talking to BSS today, Horticulture Specialist of the DAE at its Rangpur regional office Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said the farmers already started harvesting of mustard and the process will continue till the end of the next month.

“The farmers have cultivated mustard on 38,525 hectares of land against the fixed target of bringing 44,705 hectares of land under its cultivation to produce 54,987 tonnes of the oilseed this season in the region,” he said. However, the fixed production target of the oilseed would fall short as the farmers could bring 6,180 hectares of lands less than the fixed cultivation target this season in all five districts under the region.

“The fixed mustard farming target could not be achieved following crop diversification this season and cultivation of Transplanted Aman crop on more land during the last season,” Mesbahul said.

He said that the farmers finally cultivated mustard on 7,200 hectares of land in Rangpur, 9,475 hectares in Gaibandha, 16,150 hectares in Kurigram, 1,730 hectares in Lalmonirhat and 3,970 hectares of land in Nilphamari districts this time in the region.

Predicting better mustard production, Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said that the farmers mostly sowed the high yielding BARI variety mustard seed this season to get better yield rate like previous years.

Regional Additional Director of DAE Md Shah Alam told BSS that the farmers were expecting excellent mustard output with high yield rate this time as harvest of the crop would complete by the next month end in the region.