Jute farming on rise in Rajshahi
RAJSHAHI, Oct 20: The cultivation of jute has increased in the district as local farmers brought 936 more hectares of land under the cultivation this year than the last year.
They have brought more lands under the farming due to the increase in prices and demand of jute products.
The people concerned are hoping for a comeback of good days for the golden fibre.
Sources at Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in Rajshahi said jute has been cultivated in 13,598 ha of land here this year, and it was 12,725 ha last year.
Jute farmers said the people in the drought-hit Barind area are dependent on agriculture. Jute and paddy grow well in the area. Farmers have got satisfactory yield due to favourable weather.
While talking, some farmers of Paba Upazila in the district said jute farming in every bigha of land costs Tk 16,000 to 18,000.
Farmers alleged that they often do not get fair price of jute. So, they cannot recoup the cultivation and the production costs. They, however, demanded fixing of jute price by the government.
The environment is gradually deteriorating as polythene consumption increased. There is no alternative to the use of jute products for protecting the environment.
Deputy Director of Rajshahi DAE Shamsul Haque said, "Jute is an eco-friendly plant. Its cultivation has increased in the district this time. I hope that the jute market will not face setback as we are monitoring the market."