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Water shortage hampers jute processing

  • Our Correspondent
  • 17 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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CHUADANGA: Farmers of Chuadanga district are facing severe troubles to process their raw jute due to acute scarcity of water in local water bodies.

It was seen on Tuesday 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 three to five kilometers paying extra transport fare.

Farmers said if the ongoing water crisis continues, they will have to count huge loss this year as quality fibres cannot be extracted without properly rotting.

The farmers cannot process their jute due to lack of water. DAE officials said that this problem would be solved if there was enough rain.

While visiting different villages in the district this correspondent saw piled up jute stalks are drying up on the field as there is no water to process those.

Meanwhile, some farmers were seen carrying their jute plants to other places for processing.

Modhu Miah of the Damudhuda upazila said he cultivated jute on two bighas of land this year, spending Tk 30,000.

But due to lack of adequate water he couldn’t rot half of his jute plants on one and half bighas, Modhu added.

Another jute grower in the upazila said every year they have to cut the jute plants a bit early as rain water starts entering their field.

“But the situation is different this season,” he said.

Farmer Joardar in the Jibannagar upazila said he cultivated jute on three bighas of land and had already sold 6 maunds of raw jute at Tk 3,000 per maund.

“I have cut the rest of the jute plant in last few days, but could not rot those due to lack of adequate water,” Joardar said.

Farmers of the district said there was no water in local water bodies, canals and ponds. If the ongoing water crisis continues, they would subsequently face huge losses this year as quality fiber cannot be extracted without proper decomposition.

Usually farmers sow jute seeds at the end of March and complete the harvesting by last week of June every year.

Chuadanga Agricultural Extension Department Deputy Director Bivas Chandra Saha said farmers have started cutting jute. Now the big problem is jute rotting. Due to lack of water, the farmers are not able to rot jute properly. They suggest farmers to decompose jute by ‘ribbon rating’ system at low cost.