Wednesday, 7 December, 2022

Farmers happy with jute price in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI: 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, reports BSS.

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.