MA Salam, Dinajpur
It is like a golden fire! As far as the eyes go, it seems, a vast yellow sheet is spread unto the horizon. The enormously wide mustard fields at different upazilas of the district have created eye-soothing scenery with the advent of winter, luring the children to pass hour after hour plying in and around the field. People come from different parts of the country to see such a spectacular scene.
The soil of Dinajpur is familiar for its fertility. The 13 upazilas of the district are famous for its regular huge agricultural output. For the last few years, farmers of the district are becoming more and more interested to cultivate mustard as a mid-term crop being lured by profitability.
Makbul Amin, a farmer from the district, said, “Cultivation of mustard as a mid-term crop between the cultivation of Aman and Boro paddies increases the fertility of the soil. The land neither needs to be tilled much, nor does it need much fertiliser after mustard farming. On the other hand, one or two tilling of the land is enough for mustard cultivation.”
“Mustard farming doesn’t need irrigation, fertiliser or insecticides. Planting the seed is enough for mustard cultivation. As a result, a farmer can make much profit investing less money,” he further said, adding that as mustard cultivation needs a little time, the land gets ready for the third time cultivation in time.
Due to these reasons, the cultivation of mustard is gaining popularity among the farmers of the district.
Mustard is also quite delicious as spinach also. Farmers have to spend only Tk 15,000 for cultivating mustard on one acre of land to produce 15 maunds of mustard. Mustard seeds are sold at Tk 2,000 per maund in the market, which means more than double profit for the farmers.
The farmers this year are expecting bumper production of mustard as the overall weather was good.
Mustard farmer Fulmoti said, “In the previous year, I cultivated mustard on one bigha of land. Inspired by the profit I made, this year, I have cultivated on three bighas of land.” She also observed that cultivation of mustard benefits the cultivation of Aman and Boro on the land. “Moreover, I am being able to make extra profit. As the weather was favourable, the production would be huge this year,” she hoped.
Md Tauhidul Iqbal, deputy director of district agricultural extension department, said, “Different kind of incentives have been provided to 25,000 farmers in the district. The farmers have been provided with high variety seeds and fertilisers.”
According to the Department of Agriculture, in the last fiscal year, farmers of this area cultivate
mustard on 11,000 hectares of land in Dinajpur.
But in the year 2018-2019 it increased to 13,998 hectares.