Bumper mustard yield likely in B’baria, farmers eye high return

Published : 01 Feb 2023 08:34 PM

Mustard is widely cultivated in the sandy loam soil of Nabinagar Upazila of Meghna River in Brahmanbaria. Success in mustard cultivation this year is expected to produce mustard as expected. As a result, the farmers of this area are expecting to become economically independent by cultivating mustard in Winter season.

All the unions of the upazila which have more mustard plantations are Rachullabad, Birgaon, Barail, Salimganj, Krishnanagar, Bitghar, Natghar. This year, farmers have cultivated mustard on about 1500 hectares of land on the advice of the agriculture department. Mustard is priced at Tk 3,500-4,000 per man. About 8-9 mounds of mustard are produced per bigha of land. Had the rains not damaged this year, about 2,000 hectares would have been under mustard cultivation.

Krishnanagar union of the village of Dakshin Loipur. Abu Taher's amount of cultivated land- 50th century. Haresh Bhuiyan of Gurigram of Bitghar Union has cultivated land amount - 100 cents. Farmers' faces started to smile as fresh green mustard plants burst into yellow blossoms in every field.

Inspection of all these areas has seen that flowers have already started blooming in some land. Mustard seeds and binding have started on the trees of some land. According to the upazila agriculture department, mustard cultivation has been done in the land of different villages of 20 unions of the upazila in the current season. Abdul Khalek Mia, a farmer of VT Bishara village of Ratanpur Union, said that this year he cultivated mustard on 3 bigha of land. The way the mustard plants in his land have sprouted and are covered with yellow flowers, he is optimistic that he will get good mustard this year. Khandkar Farid Mia, a farmer of Rachullabad village in Rachullabad union, said that he is hoping that the yield of mustard in the land will be good this time as the weather is good. Mustard has been cultivated at very low cost in the same land where he cultivated other crops last year. He was hopeful to see the trees full of mustard flowers growing. He is hopeful that he will be able to make a lot of profit by producing mustard this time.

Upazila Agriculture Officer Jaglul Haider said that cultivation of mustard crop is better in silt-rich sandy loam soil in higher areas than in relatively low areas.

Because these lands are very fertile.

This year in winter season, farmers want to become economically self-sufficient by producing different varieties of crops including chilli, mustard, onion, sweet pumpkin, dal, maize, coriander leaves, sweet potato, almonds, which will play an important role in solving the chronic shortage in rural areas.