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Jute cultivation acreage ‘marks 7pc rise’

Jute cultivation acreage ‘marks 7pc rise’

Jute cultivation acreage marked a rise by 7 percent this fiscal compared to that of the previous fiscal, said officials at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) on Monday.Deputy Director of DAE’s Field Service Wing (FSW) Rafiqul Hasan told UNB that the acreage under jute cultivation this year hit 7.5 lakh hectares, which is about 99 percent of the targeted acreage of 7.57 lakh hectares earlier fixed by the department.
This year’s jute acreage has touched the acreage mark of 7.5 lakh hectares which was also achieved two years back, he added.
Director of DAE’s Cash Crop Wing (CCW) Monzurul Islam said they are expecting an increase in this year’s raw jute production by 8.5 percent this season due to the increased acreage.
CCW forecasts that the raw jute, excluding Mesta and Kenaf,
production of the current season, will stand at 77.5 million bales.
Raw jute production declined by 7.09 percent to 71.72 lakh bales in the fiscal 2012-13 compared to that of the fiscal 20111-12 as farmers reacted to the continuous price fall in the previous years, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).(Source: UNB)


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