TANGAIL, Apr 19: The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Tangail has set a target to cultivate jute on 20,136 hectares of land with the production target of 2,09,916 bales.
Sources said Local, Tosha, Kenaf and Mesta are the most popular jute varieties in the district.
To make the cultivation programme successful the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corpo-ration (BADC) provided high yielding of jute seeds to the farmers.
Sub Assistant Agri-official of DAE Nargis Akhter said jute farming is going on in full swing in the district. "We are expecting a good yield this season", she added.
Farmer Moyez Uddin of village Gomjani under Delduar upazila said he is cultivating jute on 45 decimals of land this season. A bumper production can be achieved if weather favours till the last date of harvest, he added.
Our Correspondent from Bogra adds: Farmers are expecting a good output of jute.
According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), over 1200 hectares of land in 12 upazilas of the district have been brought under the farming of golden fiber with a production target of 650 tonnes.
The DAE officials are monitoring the croplands round the clock and suggest the growers on various issues.
Frmer Golam Muktadir Sabuj of Kahaloo upazila said, "I have brought around two bighas of land under jute cultivation this season spending Tk 12000. If a fair market price prevails I will be able to make a profit of Tk 30,000, he added.
DAE office sources said the department insists the growers to cultivate jute in more lands. In this connection, it provides incentives to the root-level cultivators.
Meanwhile, Magura correspondent adds: Drought-like situation is hampering jute cultivation in the district.
Jute farmers are now in difficult situation due to absence of rain for a long period, severe load shedding and insect attack.
Grower sources said last year they achieved a bumper production of the cash crop. They were also able to make a good profit due to a satisfactory price range. That is why the growers have brought more lands under the farming of jute.
But lack of rain impedes the normal growth of the plants. Besides, the growers cannot irrigate the lands due to frequent power-cut. In this situation, the jute plants are getting yellowish. This time the plants are more vulnerable many fields have already been attacked with insects, sources added.
DAE, Magura said about 41,010 hectares of land so far been brought under the farming of jute this season with a production target of 4,20,050 bales.
Power Development Board (PDB) Magura office sources said the present demand of power of the district is 6.5 mw while it gets only 4.5 mw.
Ibad Ali, a farmer of village Beroil under Sadar upazila, said he has brought three bighas of land under jute cultivation. But the plant is getting dried due to lack of rain. He said, "I cannot irrigate my lands properly due to sever load shedding. If such situation prevails my fields will be damaged."
Murad Hossen, another farmer of village Gangnalia under Sadar upazila, his jute field has already been attacked by Mazra insect. "I do not know what should I do right now", he says.