RANGPUR: Farmers have achieved an all-time record output of over 7.93 lakh bales of jute exceeding the fixed production target by around 15 percent in the agriculture region this season.
Market sources said newly harvested jute is being sold at between Taka 3,300 and Taka 3,500 per maund (every 40 kg) depending on varieties and quality of the fibre enabling farmers to reap excellent profit.
“However, farmers had finally cultivated jute on 56,412 hectares of land, less by 2,108 hectares against the fixed farming target this time,” said Agriculturist Bidhu Bhusan Ray, Additional Director of the DAE, Rangpur region.
Of them, farmers had cultivated jute on 9,197 hectares of land in Rangpur, 16,460 hectares in Gaibandha, 19,980 hectares in Kurigram, 4,075 hectares in Lalmonirhat and 7,000 hectares in Nilphamari districts.
“After completing harvest of jute last week, 7,93,235 bales (1,43,948 tonnes) of the fibre was seen to have been yielded in the region exceeding the fixed production target by 1,03,867 bales or 14.97 percent this season,” he said.
Farmers have also got an excellent yield rate of 14.06 bales (2.55 tonnes) per hectare on an average.
“Last year, farmers produced 5.18 lakh bales (94,086 tonnes) of jute fibre from 45,349 hectares of land in the region with the average yield rate of 11.51 bales (2.09 tonnes) per hectare of land,” Ray said.
The government also gave high yielding varieties of quality jute seeds, training and inputs to farmers to enable them in expanding cultivation and enhancing production of jute for reviving past glory of the fibre crop.
“Farmers had cultivated high yielding varieties of jute on more lands though the fixed target marked a little shortfall due to crop diversification and cultivation of Aus rice and maize on more lands this year,” Ray added.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said farmers have achieved a bumper jute output this time following effective steps taken by the government and excellent growth of jute plants amid favourable climate conditions.
“Declaration of jute as a national agricultural product by the government and mandatory use of jute sacs in various sectors continues increasing demand of the fibre crop making jute farming more profitable for farmers in recent years,” Rashid said.
Jute growers Mazed Ali, Hafizur Rahman Bakul and Ashraful Islam of village Najirdigar in Rangpur Sadar said they are currently selling newly harvested jute fibre at between Taka 3,300 and Taka 3,500 per maund in local markets.