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Rating jute turns difficult for farmers due to water shortage
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Jul '10
Farmers in about 10 upazilas of greater Faridpur district are facing serious problem of absence of adequate water in canals and beels (pond with static water), as they are unable to carry out rating of jute.

This problem has given birth to a new practice. Jute farmers are taking ponds on lease wherever available in villages, for a month at the rate of Tk 500 – 800. These ponds were then filled with water with the help of low lift power pump for rating jute (paat jag).

This new practice or trend is widely practiced in Alfadanga, Saltha, Nagarkanda, Boalkhali, Madhukhali, Mokshedpur, Bhanga, Sadarpur, and Kashiani.

As of now, the canals and beels have little water, rains were insufficient and the flow from main river Padma in the region has choked up. Rivers namely, Bhubenswar, Chandana, Arialkha and Kumar pass through these upazilas.

Although, Faridpur is known for the best quality jute in the country, jute farmers are now worried if they will be able to maintain the quality, in the absence of sufficient water for on-time rating.

More so, encouraged with the good price of jute received last year, farmers have already stretched the area under jute cultivation. As per the district Agriculture Department, jute was cultivated on 75,968 hectares last year as compared to its target of 57,465 hectares.

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