Puthia farmers expect bumper mustard production
RAJSHAHI, Jan 13: The farmers of Puthia Upazila in the district are expecting bumper production of mustard this season.
The fields are playing with the yellow mustard flowers across the upazila. Now the farmers are passing very busy time in taking care of the mustard fields in different areas. They have become more interested as the mustard cultivation has brought bright prospect for them.
They have achieved a good profit by selling their produce during the last several years. This year they are going to achieve a bumper mustard production.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Puthia Upazila, around 1,200 hectares of land were brought under mustard cultivation this year whereas the production target is 1,400 metric tons.
Now, the farmers are cultivating wheat, onion, garlic, lentil, and different varieties of vegetables besides mustard as its cultivation has changed their lots. The main reasons behind the popularity of mustard cultivation are its less cultivation cost and favourable weather in the upazila.
Meanwhile, many farmers here have changed their economic condition by cultivating mustard in different villages including the Padma riverbanks, and they are playing an important role to change the socio-economic condition of the area, DAE sources added.
While talking to The Daily Observer, Ratan Kumar Sarkar, a mustard farmer of Sharishabaria Machpara Village in the upazila, said, "I have cultivated Bari-14 and Toli-7 varieties of mustard in two bighas of land this year. I'm expecting bumper production and fair market price of the produce."
"Mustard is not cultivated for only oil but also for making fertiliser and fodder. If any natural disaster does not occur, I will achieve bumper mustard production this year," he added.
Azizul Haque, a mustard farmer of Biharipara Village here, said, "I cultivated hybrid Toli-7 variety of mustard in this season. The cost of mustard cultivation is lower comparing to other crops. So this year, I cultivated mustard on one bigha of land."
Puthia Upazila Agriculture Officer Mazedul Islam of Shibpurhat Block said, "The farmers here have been cultivating mustard and getting bumper yield along with fair price in the last several years. Besides, a number of betel leaf farmers have become interested in mustard cultivation from this year."
"Most of the farmers here cultivated Bari-14 and Toli-7 varieties of mustard hoping for bumper production this year. If all the favourable options persist, the farmers will be more interested in mustard cultivation in future," he added.