Sirajganj growers busy processing newly-harvested jute

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 20:47:06

Sirajganj growers busy processing newly-harvested jute

Roving Correspondent

SIRAJGANJ, Aug 15: Farmers were very busy with harvesting, decomposing and drying of jute everywhere in the region including its vast Barind tract a couple of weeks back with a hope of getting fair price of the cash crop.

According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources the hopeful farmer of the vast area had  brought some 48,147 hectares of land under fiber crops cultivation in this current season while DAE  has set a target to bring over  46,452 hectares of land. The peasants of all eight districts have started harvesting the crops from July and achieved a good yield, DAE added.

The farmers had to endure untold suffering during the time of harvesting and processing the crops, said farmer Makbul Hossain under Kazipur upazila of Sirajganj district.  The frequent rainfall has filled up nearby ponds, canals and other wetlands, contributing lots to the whole process of jute retting, he added.

In a recent visit the correspondent found the newly harvested jute has already started appearing in the local markets on a large scale as the farmers will spend the money to segregate weed from the T-Aman paddy field. Each maund of jute is being sold from Tk 1200 to Tk 1300 while they spend Tk 1000 to 1100 to product the same amount of the crops.

Farmers have shown more interest to bring new land under jute farming in the region as they got quality seeds and easy term bank loans for agri-inputs such as fertiliser, pesticides timely, said sub-assistance agriculture officer Faridur Rahman. Fair price of jute has brought good days amid thousands growers, he also said.

Deputy Director of DAE Deb Tahirul Islam of Joypurhat district, said jute farming has started getting its brighter dimension in the region through increasing production and export, ensuring adequate supply of quality seed. The farmers have started using seeder machines for saving huge seed and reducing farming costs and modern ribbon-retting method to get quality fibre and more profit, he also said.

Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Abdul Hannan told the FE that farmers have brought more land under jute cultivation this year because of getting fair prices during last couple of years.
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