Friday, 19 August, 2022

Jute farming exceeds target in Natore

NATORE: Jute cultivation in the district this season exceeded the target as good weather and high market prices during the ongoing period encouraged farmers to bring more areas of land under its cultivation.

According to Lalpur Agriculture Office sources, farmers are humming towards the jute farming as they are getting lucrative prices for its produce during the last couple of years giving a message of getting back to the golden era of the cash crop in near future.

Currently, the farmers are seen nurturing their jute fields as they were also seen showing interest in cultivating jute after getting its repeated bumper production and lucrative market price.

Atikur Rahman, a resident of Walia village under Lalpur upazila, has cultivated jute on two bighas of land, saying the frequent rainfall is benefiting the growing plants at present.

He has spent Tk 10,000-12,000 on farming. He is expecting around 20 maunds yield valued around Tk 45,000-50,000. Apart from this, he will get jute sticks worth around Tk 4,000 from the farming.

They had sold jute at Tk 2,000 per maund during the previous year's harvesting time but its price increased gradually. Finally, they sold the jute fibre at Tk 4,000-4,500 per maund according to quality.

Meanwhile, the Lalpur Agriculture Office has set a target of producing around 17.808 tonnes of jute from 7.420 hectares of land in all eight upazilas during the current season.

Officials and farmers are very much hopeful about harvesting better jute yield in the region this season.

Md Rafiqul Islam, Agriculture Officer of the Lalpur Upazila, said farmers got fair prices of jute during the last couple of two years and as a result, they are now eager to cultivate more jute.