Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Water shortage hampers jute rotting in Kurigram

KURIGRAM: Farmers in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram district are facing severe troubles to process their raw jute due to acute shortage of water in local water bodies, canals and ponds.

It was seen on Monday that the farmers piled up raw jute in their field after cutting those there. Some were seen rotting jute in the river at a distance of five to six kilometres paying extra transport fare.

Farmer Mohammad Ali of the upazila said there was no water within one kilometre of his land to rot jute. So, he would have to count huge losses this year.

Mizanur Rahman, a farmer of the same upazila, said if the ongoing water crisis continues, they would subsequently face huge losses this year as quality fibre cannot be extracted without proper decomposition.

Phulbari Upazila Agriculture Extension officer Linufa Yesmin said jute was cultivated on 540 hectares of land in the upazila but the farmers cannot process their jute due to lack of water. So the farmers are being advised to rot jute using ‘Ribbon Rotting’ method.