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Jute farmers earn three-fold in three years
Jul '10
Since three years, jute farmers in the 10 South-Western districts are generating good profits by cultivating jute crop. This has pushed them to widen the area under cultivation for this cash crop.

This season, jute growers have produced 10 to 14 maunds of jute, for which they had to spend around Tk 12,000 on a bigha of land for jute cultivation, but, now are receiving Tk 1,800 to Tk 2,000 on sales of each maund.

According to the farmers, this year, they have garnered better earnings from jute than other crops. Farmers in the 10 districts of the region have brought 2,02,880 hectares of land under jute cultivation against Agricultural Extension Department's (AED) target of 1,54,900 hectares.

Last year, AED's target was to grow jute on 1,24,900 hectares of land in the region, but the farmers cultivated the crop on just 1,15,938 hectares.

Higher Jute production and better market prices for jute in the region, in the past two-three years, has helped farmers of the region to receive good returns. This season, the farmers were forced to purchase seeds from the market at higher prices, as the government supplied only 62,478 kg jute seeds against the need of 17,04,280 kg seeds for Khulna division.

Many farmers who procured seeds from market were cheated in terms of quality of seeds. Therefore, jute farmers demanded the government, to keep an eye on the entry of low quality seeds and ensure that, the flow of good variety jute seeds during the sowing season continues.

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