Mustard-based cropping pattern highly profitable: Agriculturists

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RANGPUR, Feb 14, 2020 (BSS) – Agriculturists at a farmers’ field day event
have said large-scale adoption of the mustard-based cropping pattern in
between Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice and Boro rice cultivation is highly
profitable.

Rangpur Sub-station of Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA)
organised the event at Haridebpur village in Sadar upazila here on Thursday
afternoon to expand cultivation of high yielding and short-duration BINA
Sarisa-9 variety of mustard during the Rabi season.

Presided over by Senior Scientific Officer of Rangpur Sub-station of BINA
Agriculturist Mohammad Ali, 150 local male and female farmers participated in
the event followed by harvesting of BINA Sarisa-9 on an exhibition plot.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) for
Rangpur Agriculturist Dr Mohammad Sarwarul Haque was present as the chief
guest.

Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist HM Moniruzzaman Rabbani
attended the function as special guest.

Senior Scientific Officer at Rangpur Sub-station of BINA Agriculturist Md
Tanzilur Rahman Mondal, Scientific Officers Agriculturist Md Mahmudul Hasan
and Agriculturist Md Motabber Rahman also spoke.

The agriculturists discussed the cultivation technology and agronomic
management of short duration BINA Sarisa-9 variety of mustard to farmers for
increasing production of the oil seed.

Agriculturist Tanzilur said the yield rate of BINA Sarisa-9 variety of
mustard is higher than other varieties and brings lucrative profits to
farmers.

“The farmers can easily cultivate BINA Sarisa-9 on the same land where
they cultivate two crops of Transplanted Aman rice and Boro rice annually
also to increase crop intensity along with earning more profits,” he added.

The chief guest said farmers generally cultivate only T-Aman rice and Boro
rice on large area of medium highland in Rangpur division where three crops
could be cultivated adopting the mustard-based ‘Transplanted Aman rice-
Mustard-Boro rice cropping pattern.’

“After harvesting BINA Sarisa-9 variety of mustard, farmers can transplant
Boro rice seedlings on the same land timely to reap more profits along with
increasing crop intensification and reducing dependence on import of edible
oil,” he added.

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