Farmers and agricultural officials in the district are expecting a bumper production of mustard in the current season due to favourable weather and coming of honey bees.
“Bumper yield of mustard is expected due to favourable weather this season. Besides, arrival of more honey bees in mustard fields during the pollination period helped healthy fertilisation and pod formation of the crop,” said Faridpur Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Deputy Director (DD) Kartik Chandra Chakraborty.
“Easy cultivation process and lower production cost compared to other Robi crops is also a reason behind popularity of mustard cultivation among the farmers in this district. October to mid-November is the suitable time for mustard cultivation and it takes 65 to 70 days to get the yield,” the DD added.
According to DAE, a total of 8,040 hectares of land in nine upazilas of the district have been brought under mustard cultivation this year, compared to 7,510 hectares last year.
During this correspondent's recent visit to different areas of Sadar upazila, farmers said they are hopeful of getting bumper production of mustard and harvest will begin in the third or fourth week of next month.
“I cultivated mustard on three bighas of land this year spending Tk 15,000 and I expect to get at least 20 maunds of the produce. I will sell each maund for Tk 1,800 to Tk 2,000,” said Jalal Khan, 52, a farmer of Goldangi village under North Channel union of Sadar upazila.
“Cultivation of mustard is easier and less costly compared to other crops and we get good profit from it. I cultivated mustard on my five bighas of land this season and I am expecting to get six to seven maunds of produce from each bigha,” said Yunus Khan, 45, of the same area.
“A total of 250 hectares of land in this union have been brought under mustard cultivation this year. Around 2,000 farmers are engaged in mustard cultivation as it is easier and less costly,” said North Channel Union Parishad Chairman Mostakuzzaman.