In Gobindaganj Upazila, mustard crops have been cultivated in most of the land this year. Farmers cultivate mustard seeds soon after the water dropped down from low lying land. After harvesting Aman rice, many farmers have been cultivating mustard seed as an additional crop in the vacant land till Boro cultivation.
Farmer Abdur Rahman of Taluk Kanupur area said that farmers used to cultivate local varieties as well as high yielding Bari-9, Bari-14, Bari-15 and Tauri-7 varieties of mustard to get more production. Farmers are cultivating mustard every year due to profitable and hassle free and low cost cultivation.
Farmer Sobhan Ali of Nakaihat area said, the farmers are expecting the desired yield this year due to favorable weather and lack of disease pest. Local varieties of mustard seed are produced from 3 to 3.5 Mounds and 5 to 6 mounds of high yielding per bigha. Now the farmers are hoping to get better market price of mustard seed. Phulbari's mustard farmer Kobbat Ali hopes to meet the cost of Boro cultivation in addition with family expenditure by selling of this crop.
Gobindaganj Upazila Agriculture Officer Mrs. Sahera Banu said that this year, 4 thousand 550 hectares of lands have come under mustard cultivation in the upazila. Instead of local varieties, they are advising and co-operating farmers with high yielding mustard cultivation. They hope that besides the increase of crop intensity, the farmers will also be benefitted financially.