Yield, market price brings smile on jute growers
Published: 15:37 25 August 2019 Updated: 15:52 25 August 2019
Suitable yield along with the reasonable market price made the jute growers satisfied in Rajshahi region including its vast Barind tract in the current season.
Newly harvested jute fibre has started arriving in local markets and the sellers are getting good price in the initial stage.
Kalam Sheikh, a farmer of Puran Tahirpur village in Durgapur Upazila, said he got nine mounds of jute from one bigha of land after spending around Tk 7,500 this season.
He earned Taka 14,400 after selling the jute fibre on Saturday last, he said, adding that he has also jute-sticks which will give some extra money after meeting his family needs.
Another jute farmer Zafar Ali of Takipur village under Paba Upazila said there is no problem of decomposing jute this season by dint of frequent rainfall.
He opined that tyranny of middlemen and traders syndicate must be strictly checked for the sake of farmers’ welfare.
Abul Hossain, a jute trader of Fultola village in Godagari Upazila, said the newly harvested jute is being sold at Taka 1,500 to 1,600 per mound in local markets at present.
Jute fibre in large amount is likely to arrive in the markets within next couple of weeks, he said, expecting there is no chance of falling market price in the days to come.
Monsur Rahman, owner of Naohata Jute Mills, said the market price of jute has been enhanced since last year. Many jute mills were established in different parts of the country in private initiative resulting in increase in its market price.
Abdur Razzaque, a farmer of Shreepur village under Paba Upazila, said jute’s golden era has started returning back.
He said the role of private jute mills and government’s declaration about the mandatory use of jute bags in packaging public food grains boosted jute cultivation.
As there was favourable climate condition, jute was cultivated on more lands than the target fixed by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
Target had been set to produce around 12.15 lakh tonnes of jute from 1.12 lakh hectares of lands in all eight districts under the Rajshahi division during the current season, sources said.
DAE Deputy Director Shamsul Haque said jute farming is most cost-effective and eco-friendly as well. One bigha of farming field can yield eight and a half mounds in average costing hardly Tk 8,000. Farmers always become happy when they get cherished price, he said.
Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman said that increased farming of jute could revive the past glory of the golden fibre ushering a new era in the economy as well as saving the environment and soil health from further degradation. BSS
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