Mustard growers and agricultural experts are expecting bumper mustard production in six south-western districts under Jashore DAE region as the crop's fixed farming target has exceeded during the current winter season.
The six districts are-Jashore, Jhenaidah, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga and Meherpur.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials Jashore region said a target was set by the government to cultivate 54,090 hectares of land. But, the farmers have cultivated mustard on 72,925 hectares of land exceeding the cultivation target.
"It has been possible for the mustard cultivators to bring additional 18,835 hectares of land under the mustard cultivation against the targeted land as the government has undertaken different farmers-friendly programs, including providing agricultural incentives to the mustard growers," said Mohammad Aminul Islam Additional director of the DAE Jashore region.
DAE sources said, farmers have cultivated mustard on 24,848 hectares of land in Jashore, 11,112 hectares of land in Jhenaidah, 16,355 hectares of land in Magura,11,645 hectares of land in Kushtia, 3,135 hectares of land in Chuadanga and 5,830 hectares of land in Meherpur districts.
Being inspired by motivational activities being conducted by the DAE, farmers have by and large cultivated high yielding varieties of mustard like 'Tori 7', 'Tori 14, BARI-14, BARI-17 and BARI-18 on more land across the region to get high yields.
The farmers have shown their keen interest to cultivate mustard on more farm lands due to the pragmatic farmers-friendly programs of the government, he added.
Apart from this, the field workers and crops specialists of the DAE are rendering their field-level services to let the farmers know about the modern mustard cultivation methods by using latest technologies for getting better yield side by side reducing the production costs, the Additional director said.