3750 hectares land brought under jute cultivation in Manikganj
MANIKGANJ, May 25, 2021 (BSS) – A total of 3,750 hectares of land has been brought under Jute cultivation in all seven upazilas of the district with a production target of 43,588 bales during the current season.
Of those, 3,200 hectares were brought under Tosha variety of jute with a production target of 38,400 bales, 500 hectares under local variety with a production target of 4,749 bales and 50 hectares under kenaf variety with a production target of 439 bales.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said cultivation of jute is increasing every year in the district as growers are getting fair price for their products, adding that the cultivation of Jute has already been completed in all seven upazilas of the district.
“We are interested in cultivating jute as it gives us cash money during the lean period. Sticks of jute are also used for different household purposes including fencing and cooking.” Abdus Salam (40), a farmer of Kangsha village under Singair upazila told BSS.
Md.Hafijuddin, 52, of village Dashora under Manikganj Sadar upazila said he cultivated jute in two bighas of land this year and it is growing well.
He expects good production and is waiting to get cash money by selling jute to repay his bank loan.”
Md. Shahjahan Ali Biswas, Deputy Director of DAE, said the jute cultivators are interested in jute cultivation as they get good prices for their products and they are getting all kinds of support from the government including quality seeds and fertilizers. The field level officials also give necessary advice to the farmers on modern cultivation systems and how to rot the jute fibers in case of shortage of rainy season water