September 20, 2021, 1:58 am
Thakurgaon Representative :
Although jute is the main source of income in Bangladesh, the farmers of Thakurgaon are frustrated by jute cultivation. Although the yield of jute in the district is good, the jute farmers are suffering due to lack of water and space. Although jute is the first exportable and second largest producer in Bangladesh, there is no government initiative in the district in this regard.
Visiting different upazilas of the district, it is known that most of the cultivated jute is being wasted due to lack of water and space. Sabuj Ali, a jute farmer from Fatehpur village in Sadar upazila, said most of the land in Bigha was being wasted due to lack of space and water.
On the other hand, Mohammad Ali, a farmer in the same area, said, “If the government used the Barindra (deep tubewell) to raise jute, it would be very beneficial for us to cultivate jute.” And did not have to face losses.
Abul Kamal, a farmer from Duosuo village in Baliadangi upazila, said, “Before, our grandfathers used to raise jute in the water of ponds and puskuni. But at present there is no puskuni and fish is being farmed in the ponds. So there is no good way to wake up jute. If the government had taken any steps in this regard, there would have been no difficulty in cultivating jute and many more would have been interested in jute cultivation.
According to the Thakurgaon Department of Agricultural Extension, the target for jute cultivation in the district was set at 6,292 hectares this time and the production target was set at 9.44 tonnes per hectare, 59,425 bales. In contrast, jute has been cultivated in 6,817 hectares of land. So far 1,530 hectares of land has been harvested with jute and the yield has been 9.7 bales per hectare. Which is more than the target.
The government has always had a vision to make jute varieties profitable and we are always advising the farmers. No specific steps have been taken yet to wake up the jute. If there is any opportunity, our department will definitely take initiative in this regard or if the farmers think they have a demand in this regard, I will definitely look into it and inform the higher authorities, said Md. Abu Hossain, Deputy Director, Thakurgaon Agriculture Extension Department.