Farmers happy with better jute price in Rajshahi

Farmers happy with better jute price in Rajshahi

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As jute harvesting progressing fast in this region, including the vast Barind tract, amid a good yield, the growers are happy with better prices of their produce this year.Newly harvested jute has started appearing in the local markets and other growth centres for the last couple of days.
At present, most of the growers along with their family members are very much engaged in harvesting, decomposing, segregating and selling activities of jute and its sticks.
With starting of full-scale harvesting and decomposing activities within next couple of days, jute will be available in the markets abundantly.
Initially, jute is being sold at Taka 1,700 to Taka 1,900 per mound in different hats and bazars while the previous year’s market price was Taka 1,400 to Taka 1,500.
Jute cultivation increased substantially as demand of raw jute has gradually been rising in both public and private sector jute mills, said Monsur Rahman, managing director of Monsur Jute Mills Limited.
SM Mustafizur Rahman, additional director of DAE, said farmers got fair prices of jute during the last couple of years and as a result they are now eager to cultivate more jute.
“Seven to eight years back, the farmers lost their interest in jute cultivation as they did not get fair prices of their production,” said the official.
During the current season, the farmers cultivated jute on 38,585 hectares of land in the region comprising Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts.
Quality seeds, easy term bank loan for agri-inputs such as fertiliser, pesticides boosted jute cultivation in the region this year.
Agriculturist Rahman said jute farming has started getting brighter dimension through increasing its production and export, ensuring adequate supply of quality seed, disbursement of more incentives and adopting other effective measures.
The farmers have started adopting the latest line sowing jute technology using seeder machines saving huge seed and reducing farming costs and ribbon-retting method to get quality fibre and more profit,” he added.
He also added that necessary measures are being taken for making the farmers habituated in promoting high yielding jute varieties for boosting its production.
The growers are also being equipped with modern varieties and technologies relating to jute cultivation and decomposition for their benefits in the present competitive era.
All the field level officials and others concerned were instructed to attain the cherished goal.
Time has come to involve more farmers in producing high quality jute fibre and jute seeds by applying the latest technologies for fulfilling demand of jute seeds by locally produced ones.
Commissioner-in-charge of Rajshahi division Aminul Islam told BSS that increased farming of jute could revive the past glory of the golden fibreushering in a new era in the economy as well as saving the environment and soil health from further degradation.
Because of an eco-friendly character with quick rotting system, demand for jute has been increasing fast in the developed countries, Islam added.
In order to achieving a thriving jute sector, it is crucial to implement the mandatory Jute Packaging Act of 2010, said Tonmoy Saynal, divisional coordinator of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association.
He sys the district administrations and others concerned should work together for successful implementation of the law strictly, reports BSS from Rajshahi.

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