Tangail farmers eye bumper mustard yield

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Farmers said the crop has been excellent and they are expecting a robust yield this year if no unexpected natural disaster occurs

Farmers and agricultural officials in Tangail expect a bumper production of mustard during the current season due to favourable weather.

According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, farmers in the region have almost completed the sowing of mustard seeds after harvesting early variety Aman paddy and vegetables.

A visit to different areas in Tangail sadar upazila revealed fields and char areas blooming with green mustard plants, with their eye-catching yellow flowers, everywhere.

Farmers said the crop has been excellent and they are expecting a robust yield this year if no unexpected natural disaster occurs.

Farmers usually cultivate mustard between the idle period of Aman and Boro cultivation. It takes around Tk3,000 to cultivate mustard on one bigha of land with an expected production of 6 maunds. 

Cultivator Samad said: “I have sowed mustard on two bighas of land. Mustard farming takes less irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides. The field is already blooming with flowers and I hope it will be a great success.”

Another farmer, Md Rafiq, said mustard flowers have many uses. Mustard husk is used as cattle fodder. “The cultivation was very good this year and the market price too seems lucrative,” he added.

According to sources in the Department of Agricultural Extension, different verities of mustard, including Bari Sarisa-14, 17, Bina-9, Tori and Maghi have been cultivated on 41,700 hectares of land in the district. Last year, cultivation covered only 39,500 hectares.  

Abdur Razzak, deputy director at the Department of Agricultural Extension in Tangail, said: “We have provided mustard seeds and fertilizer among 11,000 farmers as part of an incentive program. As a result, mustard cultivation has expanded this year. We are witnessing a great outcome and farmers are eagerly waiting for the harvest.” 

Besides, more than 5,000 honey bee boxes have been installed in different areas with an expected quantity of around 150 tons of honey from the boxes, he added.