FARIDPUR, Oct 16 (BSS): An extensive Rabi crop cultivation programme has been taken up in the district by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) for the current Rabi season to meet the requirements of the district.
According to the sources of DAE, a total of 0.15 million hectares of land has been brought under Rabi crop cultivation programme with the aim of producing 0.91 million tonnes of food grain, winter vegetables, oil seed, spices and pulses.
The source said Boro paddy of hybrid, HYV and local varieties will be cultivated on 35,225 hectares with the target of producing 13,913 tonnes of paddy while maize will be cultivated on 54 hectares to produce 347 tonnes.
Wheat will be cultivated on 26630 hectares of land to produce 73,860 tonnes of wheat. Potato and sweet potato will be cultivated on 212 and 231 hectares respectively for producing 4382 tonnes of potato and 3800 tonnes of sweet potato.
According to the source mustard will be cultivated on 9760 hectares to produce a total of 1000 tonnes of edible oil.
Ground nut will be cultivated on 4196 hectares to produce 5587 tonnes, sugarcane will be cultivated on 7344 hectares to produce 352512 tonnes of sugarcane, the source said.
The source said various types of pulses including lentil on 14642 hectares, grain on 296 hectares, mug on 1172 hectares, kheshari on 11500 hectares, motor on 840 hectares and mashkalai on 2751 hectares will be cultivated to produce a total of 27,700 tonnes of protein substitute food.
A total of 4486 hectares of land has been brought under different kinds of vegetable cultivation to produce 87200 tonnes of vegetable.
Onion has been cultivated on 27919 hectares to produce 0.17 tonnes and garlic on 3552 hectares for producing 21690 tonnes of garlic.
However a sizable amount of onion is already in the market bringing a ease in the price. The onion of last season is still selling at a high price.
Spices including coriander seed and green chili will be cultivated on 6412 hectares and 1878 hectares to produce 7876 and 2217 tonnes respectively, the source said. The source further said that motivational and other preliminary work for achieving the target is underway.