Jute growers facing trouble despite bumper production in Rajshahi

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 01 Aug 2017, 22:19:01

Jute growers facing trouble despite bumper production in Rajshahi

Our Correspondent

RAJSHAHI, Aug 1: Despite a bumper production of jute, farmers of Bagmara, Paba and Charghat upazilas of the district were facing trouble from not getting required number of farm-hands to cut jute sticks, carry those to water bodies for rotting and removing jute fibres from the sticks and wash those.

According to sources, due to a favourable climatic condition, the jute production was bumper this year. Already farmers have started to harvest jute-plant and dumping those in water bodies to let it rot. But due to absence of waterbody beside the field and shortage of farmhands, jute-farmers were worried.

Farmhands for washing and removing jute fibres from jute-sticks were not available even at a higher wages, informed some farmers at Bagmara upazila.

Jute farmers informed, at present wages of a jute farm-hand was Tk 300 a day with two meals. A farmhand can remove about two-maund (80 kilogramme) of raw (wet) jute fibres a day.

Jute farmers Abdullah (35) , Harun (40) and Hamid (50) of Kachari Koalipara village of Bagmara upazila informed, it requires Tk 16,000 to 18,000 to prepare land, purchasing of seed, insecticides, fertiliser; weeding  of undergrowth, transport, dumping, removing of jute fibres, washing and drying those in one bigha of field.

They said, cost of everything was getting higher day by day and  only the transport cost, cost of dumping jute plants in water, removing fibres from jute plants, washing and drying those costs more than Tk 10,000.

They further informed, the fibres removed from the jute sticks being  not thick this year, only 7 to 8 maunds of  jute fibres was being removed from a bigha (33 decimal of land) of jute-plant. Already jute fibres is being sold in various hats and markets at Tk 1,600 to 1,650 per maund.

Jute farmer Humayun of Alipur village under Durgapur, Sreenath of village Basupara under Bagmara who took jute fibre for selling at Baneswar hat informed, the price of jute was low this year from the very beginning of harvesting season.

Jute farmers were worried with such a low price and were apprehending the market of jute might be grabbed by the circle of dishonest syndicate like that of paddy, they mentioned. They demanded the government should procure jute at a fixed price so that jute-farmers are not bereaved of getting a fair price.

Rajibur Rahman, Upazila Agriculture Officer of Bagmara upazila informed, the 'environment friendly' jute has restarted to regain its lost tradition once again in Bagmara and in surrounding upazilas. Jute cultivation and production has been increased in over 500 hectares of land in Bagmara during last three years and was continually increasing, he added.

The present market price of jute fibre was satisfactory, said Rajibur adding that there was no apprehension of incurring loss by a farmer at the present market price of jute.

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