Water crunch worrying jute farmers in Chuadanga

Published : 14 Aug 2022 08:26 PM

There is no rain even in the rainy season. Canals, banks, ponds, ponds have dried up. The farmers of Chuadanga are worried about raising jute as there is no water in the canal-bil reservoirs due to lack of rain this season. Although the month of Shravan is coming to an end, there is not enough rain in the area. Because of this, many people are using other people's reservoirs in exchange of money to create jute. Again many farmers are waiting for rain. They are not cutting the jute even though it is time to cut it. Many people's fields are drying up. Farmers claim that if jute is not raised at the right time, they will suffer losses.

Farmers have grown jute on 20 thousand 729 hectares of land in the current season in four upazilas of Chuadanga. Which is more jute cultivation in 4 and a half thousand hectares of land than last year. In the current season, jute production will be 64 thousand 675 metric tons from 20 thousand 729 hectares of land. However, despite the increase in jute cultivation, as there is no water in the Khal Beel reservoir, the farmers are worried about the revival of jute. Some are raising water with salomachines and depositing it in reservoirs and making jute in that reservoir. As the cost is high, the profit figure is decreasing. Still, the farmers are happy with jute cultivation. This year, farmers have spent 10 thousand to 13 thousand taka per bigha of jute cultivation. And Pratiman jute is being sold from 2 thousand 500 taka to 3 thousand taka. The yield of jute per bigha is also 10 maunds or more. Jute farmers are benefiting by cutting costs.

Abid Hossain, jute grower of Santoshpur village of Jibannagar upazila said, this year I cultivated jute on one acre of land. Jute yield has also been good. But due to lack of water, I can't wake up by cutting the jute. I have rented a pond. The machine should be watered by irrigation. Which is very expensive. Jute farmer of the same village. Zahurul Haque said, this year, due to lack of water, I cannot grow jute. Next to the house I have dipped some kind of jute in muddy water. Now I am waiting for rain.

Abdus Salam, a jute farmer of Begumpur village of Sadar Upazila, said that this year he cultivated jute on 5 bigha of land. An average of 13 thousand rupees has been spent per bigha. Due to the lack of water in canals, banks and reservoirs, I was very worried about raising jute. Later, I used Salomachine to wake the jute there with water in the ditch next to the house.

Labu, a jute farmer of that village, said that although the jute yield was good, I was worried about jute awakening. Later, I woke up the jute with water in the machine. However, the price of jute is very good this year. Jute is being harvested at an average rate of 9-10 maunds per bigha. Jute is being sold at a price of 2500 to 3000 taka.

Farmer Hamidul Islam of Dumuria village of Jibannagar upazila said that the price of jute is higher this year than last year. Last year the value of jute was from 1 thousand 800 taka to 2 thousand 200 taka. This time it is being sold for two and a half to three thousand rupees. Moreover, the yield of jute has also improved this year. We are happy with that.

The farmers of the area said that the price of jute is better than last year. The yield is also good. The weather was also favorable. If you get a good price, there will be more interest in jute cultivation in the future. As a result jute cultivation will increase. Along with jute, the demand for jute chalk is also high. About eight thousand rupees worth of jute per bigha is available. All the farmers are happy. Jute chalk is in great demand for fuel works and fencing. Due to this, the price and demand of jute is increasing day by day.

Bivas Chandra Saha, Deputy Director of Chuadanga Agricultural Extension Department, said that the farmers have started cutting the jute of the land. Now the big problem is jute rotting. Due to lack of water, the farmers are not able to decompose jute properly. We suggest farmers to decompose jute by ribbon rating method at low cost. 

By rotting jute in this way, the fiber quality of jute is better. If you can produce good quality jute, you can get good price. They will benefit from it. He also said that due to the favorable weather, jute cultivation has been good this year and the condition of jute is also good. Even if there is no rain, jute production will not be disrupted. But heavy rains would have been more beneficial for the farmers.