The production of mustard is likely to cross the target in Chapainawabganj district during the current season. According to the district office of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), the target of cultivating mustard was fixed up at 17,800 hectares of land in the district with a production target of 26,700 tonnes.
Upazila wise break-up of land and production target is as follows- 5,320 hectares of land in Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila with a production target of 7,980 tonnes, 3,540 hectares in Shibganj upazila to produce 5,310 tonnes, 2,580 hectares in Gomostapur upazila to produce 3,870 tonnes, 5,395 hectares in Nachole upazila to produce 8,092 tonnes and 965 hectares in Bholahat upazila to produce 1,448 tonnes of mustard.
General Secretary of Chapainawabganj Agriculture Association Md Munjer Alam said the farmers are harvesting 3 to 5 maunds of Tori-7 varieties of mustard per bigha in the Barind areas this year. On the other hand, farmers are getting 5 to 9 maunds of mustard of BARI 14, 17 and 18 varieties in the beel and char lands in the district, he added.
Deputy Director of the district DAE office Dr Palash Sarkar said, cultivation of mustard requires less cost and less irrigation and it keeps lands well. Not only that, farmers are now being more benefitted by cultivating mustard as they are getting a good price, he added.