Sesame cultivation likely to exceed target in Manikganj

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MANIKGANJ, May 20, 2021 (BSS) – The sesame cultivation is going to be ended soon in all seven upazilas of the district.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said the cultivation of sesame was fixed at 4200 hectares of land during the current season with a production target of 4325 tonnes.

The fixed target may be exceeded this year as farmers have been getting good yield and reasonable prices of their products compared to past few years. Last year also exceeded the fixed target.

The sources said the sandy land of char areas of Daulatpur, Shibalaya and Harirampur upazilas of the district was remaining barren for a long time. But now most of those areas are being cultivated sesame and the cultivators are getting good production.

Habibur Rahman, 45 one of the sesame cultivator said the cultivation of sesame is easy, it cultivates mainly in the sandy land and it needs not fertilizer.

Deputy Director of DAE Md. Shahjahan Ali Biswas said the land of the district is suitable for sesame cultivation and the cultivators are getting reasonable prices for their produce.

So the cultivation of sesame is increasing day by day in the district, he said, adding that sesame was cultivated 4004 hectares of land last year, exceeding its fixed target of 3887 hectares in the district.

This year also the fixed target may be exceeded as the cultivation is continuing till now, the early cultivated sesame plants have already started to bloom, Biswas added.