MANIKGANJ, March 8, 2018 (BSS) - Farmers in all seven upazilas of the district are showing interest in cultivating different varieties of pulses due to favorable weather and reasonable prices of their products.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said cultivation of various kinds of pulses including Motor (pea), Mosur (lentil), Maskolai, Khesari and Mug are exceeding target every year.
Deputy Director of Agriculture Extension Md. Habibur Rahman said the target of cultivation of Khesari was fixed on 3074 hectares of land in all seven upazilas of the district with a production target 3702 metric tones during the current season, but 3702 hectares of land was cultivated. The cultivation target of Mug and Motor were fixed at 75 and 381 hectares in the district respectively, but 146 hectares and 413 hectares were cultivated.
The vast char area of Harirampur and Daulatpur Upazila of the district was brought under Maskolai cultivation and the cultivators got a good return, the sources said.
A total of 8591 hectares of land was brought under Maskolai cultivation in the district, where as Mosur was cultivated in 1000 hectares of land in the district. The sources said Mashkalai was cultivated on 4250 hectares and 3136 hectares of land alone in Daulatpur and Harirampur Upazilas of the district.
DAE office sources said once Manikganj district was known as the Mashkalai and Khesari producing area, but massive cultivation of Boro occupied those places.
Mohsin uddin, one of the Khesari cultivators of Harukandi under Harirampur Upazila said Boro cultivation needs much irrigation, but khesari does not need that much. He said adding we are getting reasonable prices of our products.
Billal Hossain of Charkatari village of Daulatpur Upazila opined the same. The waste of Khesari and Maskolai are favorite fodder of cattle, the farmer added. Besides pulses grow better than Boro as most of char areas are sandy.