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DAE fixes 6.24 lakh tonne mustard production target

DAE fixes 6.24 lakh tonne mustard production target

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target of producing 6.24 lakh tonne mustard from 5.20 lakh hectares of land during this Rabi season in the country, official sources said.The DAE and other agriculture related departments and organisations have already taken necessary steps to assist the framers throughout the country to make the fixed mustard cultivation programme successful.Under the programme, the DAE has set a target of producing 3.02 lakh tonne of the oil seeds in northern Bangladesh from 2.52 lakh hectares of land, 48.53 percent of the fixed national target of mustard production this season, the sources said.The farmers have started sowing mustard seeds after harvesting short duration variety Aman paddies in some areas though seed sowing process
will get full momentum from the third week of November with progress of Aman harvest.The DAE, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB), NGOs and other organisations have taken steps to
make the programme successful in the region.Sowing of mustard seeds in the huge char areas on the Brahmaputra and Jamuna basins is nearing completion, and the yield rate has been fixed at 1.2 tonne mustard seeds per hectare this year, the sources said.Horticulture Specialist of the DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said the farmers have been showing more interests in farming the cash crop in more land area this season after getting bumper productions and excellent prices of mustard in recent years.Talking to BSS today, Deputy Director of DAE Feroz Ahmed said farmers
are expected to complete sowing mustard seeds by this month end and they are mostly sowing the popular high yielding variety mustard seeds
evolved by BARI.  Additional Director of DAE Sikander Ali said necessary training, technical assistances, inputs, quality seeds, latest agriculture technologies and agri-loans will be provided to the farmers for making the mustard farming programme successful. –BSS, Rangpur