Jute, once known as the “golden fiber,” is experiencing a resurgence in Sirajganj district. The optimistic outlook for a good yield and favorable prices has sparked hope among the farmers, indicating a potential return to the heyday of jute.
The cultivation of Tosha, Mesta, and Kenaf varieties of jute is gaining momentum, with 17,298 hectares of land devoted to its cultivation in the current year. This agricultural shift has brought about increased activity among farmers, who are now busy cutting and raising jute in various upazilas.
According to the data from the District Agriculture Extension Directorate, jute cultivation has been undertaken on significant areas of land across various upazilas in Sirajganj. Kazipur leads the pack with 5,645 hectares, followed by Sadar upazila with 3,350 hectares, Ullapara with 1,620 hectares, Belkuchi with 1,960 hectares, Shahjadpur with 435 hectares, Tarasha with 745 hectares, and Raiganj and Chauhali with 892 hectares. Additionally, Kamarkhand and Sirajganj together account for 90020 hectares and 1,70031 hectares, respectively. The district has set an ambitious target of producing 36,209 metric tons of jute from a total of 17,298 hectares.
The increased cultivation of jute has positively impacted farmers’ incomes. After being washed, jute is being sold in the market at attractive prices. Tosha jute is currently fetching Tk 3,100, while Meshta jute commands prices ranging from Tk 3,300 to 3,500. This surge in prices has delighted local farmers who are now reaping the benefits of their efforts.
Abdul Mannan, a farmer from Baruhas village in Tarash upazila, emphasized the numerous benefits of jute cultivation. Apart from the substantial monetary gains from selling jute and jute products, the decomposed jute leaves enrich the soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and enhancing soil quality. This all-encompassing profitability makes jute cultivation a rewarding endeavor for farmers.
Agricultural Officer Surbana Yasmin Sumi and Deputy Assistant Agricultural Officer Shamimur Islam, have been actively supporting and encouraging jute cultivation. Various incentives, including free seeds, have been provided to farmers to ensure the success of this lucrative crop.
The revitalization of jute cultivation in Sirajganj district paints a hopeful picture for the future. Farmers are reaping the benefits of jute cultivation and, with continued government support and efforts, it is expected that this golden fiber will regain its prominence in the agricultural landscape of the region.