Women busy removing the fibres of jute plants at a field in Munshiganj as harvest of the cash crop has started in different areas.Photo: STAR
Farhana Mirza, Munshiganj
Jute growers of the district are jubilant as the area sees good yield and high prices of the fibre this year.
The fibre has started coming to local markets. As there is no government buying centre in the district, brokers are going door to door to collect it from farmers.
Each maund of raw jute is now being sold at Tk 1,400 to Tk 1,500 in the local markets. The price is 15-20 percent higher than the previous year, market sources said.
Jute was cultivated on 4,328 hectares of land in six upazilas of the district this year. The cultivation target, however, was 5,070 hectares.
Aminur Rahman, deputy director of Agriculture Extension Department (AED), here said the farmers faced huge problems to process jute this year as water bodies lacked necessary water in absence of adequate rain. Most of the farmers had to use personal irrigation pumps. However, in the end they got a good production.
This year Sirajdikhan is likely to produce the highest quantity of jute as the farmers cultivated it on 2,230 hectares of land in the upazila.
Apart form that, jute was cultivated on 710 hectares in Tongibari upazila while on 613 hectares in Sadar upazila, 298 in Louhajang, 250 in Gazaria and 227 in Srinagar.
According to the farmers, they got 20 maunds of jute on an average from each acre of land this year while the cultivation cost for each acre stood at Tk 2,200.
They had to spend Tk 300 after each labourer and they needed labourers for 50 working days.
While visiting different areas this correspondent saw a festive mood among the farmers.
Family members including wife, sons and daughters were busy processing jute showing all the signs that the ‘golden fibre’ will soon regain its glory.
Farmers Joynal Abedin of Tongibari and Khalil Miah at Sadar upazila were all smiles as both yield and price of jute went beyond their expectation this year.