The cultivation of Black Gram is going to be ended expecting a bumper production exceeding its fixed target, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said here recently.
The government has distributed adequate incentives among 3850 poor and marginal cultivators for boosting the cultivation of Black Gram (Mash Kolai) in all seven Upazilas of the district.
The DAE office sources said the government has distributed five kilograms (kgs) of Black gram seeds for cultivating one Bigha of land and necessary 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 incentives has already been completed among the selected cultivators. The lists of the recipients were made by the union level committees.
The DAE office disbursed the allocated incentives through the Upazila Nirbahi Office for distribution among the cultivators.
The DA E set a target of 6712 hectares of land for Black Gram cultivation in the district during the current season with 7048 metric tons of seeds.
Deputy Director of the DAE Abu Mohammad EnayetUllah said the soil of Manikganj 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 is continuing at the low land areas of the district.
Manikganj is one of the areas where the black-gram grows abundantly, the DD added.