The Upazila Agriculture Office of Hajiganj in Chandpur has suggested the farmers to adopt the modern ribbon rating method in peeling jute fiber.
There is no water in the agricultural fields of Hajiganj during this heavy monsoon season. The farmers are in a quandary with rotting jute plants to collect the golden fiber.
Around 450 hectares of land have been brought under jute cultivation in the upazila this year. Farmers are also happy with the yield. But, there is not enough water in the fields and canals to rot the raw jute. So, farmers are in great trouble as they do not know any alternative to jute rotting to collect the fiber.
A farmer named Alauddin said that due to shortage of water in the field, the cost of production increased as the farmers are getting forced to take the jute plants elsewhere for rotting. On the other hand, they are not getting good prices of their product due to improper rotting of the jute plant.
Another jute grower named Shahjahan of Borkhal village of Bakila union said he has cultivated jute on 120 decimals of land this year. Every year, there was waist-deep water in the field. But this time there is no water in the field due to insufficient rain, he added.
Upazila Agriculture Officer Dilruba Khanam told Daily Sun that farmers still collect jute fiber using the old traditional method. Adequate water is required in that system. It is very easy to peel jute fiber by modern ribbon rating method.
In this method, raw jute fibers are removed and then soaked under water. Then the fine fiber is obtained. In another question, this official said, we are emphasizing on following the ribbon rating system in peeling jute fiber. We have already started the work of encouraging the jute farmers to follow the method. With learning from this year, emphasis will be given to ribbon rating method in future, she added.