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Mustard-based cropping pattern highly profitable: Agriculturists

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BSS, Rangpur :
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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