MANIKGANJ, July 27, 2017 (BSS) – Harvest of jute is going on in full swing in all the seven upazilas of the district with much enthusiasm to the farmers.
The cultivators are not worried about retting of the jute plants this time as there is adequate waters in ditches and canals, even somewhere in the jute field.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said a total of 5,171 hectares of land were brought under jute cultivation during the current season.
Tosha, local variety and Kenaf variety of jute were cultivated this year in the district.
Deputy Director of DAE Alimuzzaman Miah said all inputs like seeds, fertilizers and insecticides were supplied in due time to the cultivators. Moreover, the cultivators were also given necessary training.
Soil of Singair upazila is very much suitable for jute cultivation. Ali Hossain, one of the jute cultivators of village Charigram of the upazila, said they were interested in cultivating jute as it is still the main cash crop of the area. The jute stalk is considered as fire wood in the rural area and it also is used in fencing.
Another cultivator Billal Uddin of Goaldangi village under Ghior upazila said, we are happy to get satisfactory production of jute this year and there is no rotting problem.
Traders said market price of jute is ranging between Taka 1400 and Taka 1600 per mound depending on quality and variety.