The government has distributed incentives among 3850 poor and marginal cultivators for boosting the cultivation of Black gram (Mash Kolai) in all seven Upazilas of the district, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said here today.
The DAE office sources said the government has distributed five kilograms (kgs) of Blackgram seeds for cultivating one Bigha land and fertilizers including 10 KGs of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and 10 KGs of Muriate of Potash (MoP) among the farmers free of cost.
The distribution of the incentives has already been completed among the selected cultivators. The lists of the recipients were made by the union level committees. DAE office disbursed the allocated incentives through the Upazila Nirbahi Office for distribution among the cultivators.
The Department of Agriculture Extension office has set a target of 6712 hectares of land brought under Black gram cultivation in the district during the current season with a profuction target of 7048 metric tons of Black gram.
Deputy Director of the DAE Abu Mohammad Enayet Ullah said the soil of the district specially in the Char areas are very much suitable for Black gram cultivation and the cultivators of the areas cultivate the Black grams in their land as pulse and as well as cattle heads fodder, adding that the cultivation has already been started in the Char areas of the district as there is no flood or rain water. Manikganj is one of the areas where the black gram grows abundantly, the DD said.