Harvest of jute begins in Nilphamari district

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 21:36:09

Harvest of jute begins in Nilphamari district

Our Correspondent

NILPHAMARI, July 12: Harvesting of jute has started in Nilphamari district and it would continue for over a month or so. The farmers are in a hurry to harvest the crop as they would cultivate Aman paddy in the same land.

Bumper production of jute is expected in this year in the district as jute plants grew excellently across the district and the weather condition is also favorable.

DAE sources said cultivation of jute increased in this year in comparison to that of the last year. The fibre was cultivated in 12,770 hectares of land in this year as against 11,272 hectares of land in the last year.

Sources said cultivation of the cash crop increased due to satisfactory price of it in the last year. In the last year jute was sold at a price of Tk 2,000 or above. Sources said mainly two varieties of jute are cultivated in the district those are local variety and Tossa variety, out of which in this year local variety was cultivated in 1,831 hectares of land and Tossa variety in 10,939 hectares of land and production target is 1,33,897 tones.

In the meantime processing of jute by separating the fibres from the stalks has started and afterwards the fibres would have to be dried up for marketing. Sources mentioned 10 to 12 maunds of jute is normally grown in a bigha (30 decimal) of land and per bigha cultivation cost is more than Tk 7,000 including tillage of land, weeding, fertiliser, processing and so on.

While contacted Abdur Rahman a jute farmer of Jorabari Union Parishod (UP) of Domar Upazila said he has cultivated jute in one acre of land where his total cost was Tk 21,000 and he is expecting to get 30 maunds of jute in it which he is expecting to sale at a total price of Tk 60,000 if the price remain the same or higher than that of the last year.

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