Pobar farmers are unable grow jute due to lack of water

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Yusuf Chowdhury-Rajshahi Correspondent: Jute is the main cash crop of Bangladesh. Therefore jute is called the golden fiber considering the practical utility and economic importance of jute. The best time to sow this jute is from the first week of Chaitra month to Boishakh month. The actual jute harvest time is between 100 and 120 days to achieve parity between fiber yield and quality. As a result, the end of the month of Ashada is the perfect time to cut jute. Time is passing but most of the farmers of Rajshahi region have not yet started harvesting jute. Because in the meantime those who have cut jute are not getting water to wake up. Many farmers have cut jute lying in the field. Due to the lack of rain as expected, the low-lying areas of Rajshahi are also without water. Areas where there are rivers and canals. Only they can wake up the jute. According to the sources of Rajshahi Agricultural Extension Department, the target of jute cultivation is set in 26 thousand hectares of land in Rajshahi region this year. Jute cultivation has been done in 18 thousand 882 hectares of land in the district. Last year jute was cultivated on 18 thousand 19 hectares of land. This time 2 thousand 176 hectares of land has been cultivated in Paba upazila. Although the target in jute cultivation has not been exceeded, now the farmers of this region are in trouble due to lack of water during the jute harvesting season. Saju, a jute grower of Baghahata village of Paba upazila, said that this year, he cultivated jute on 5 bigha land, but due to excessive drought, most of the jute plants have dried up. However, due to lack of water, jute has to be taken away from the fields to the river Barnai as it is difficult to raise the jute. In that case, the cost of production will fall more. Also if soaked in rotten river water, the color and quality of jute will not be good. He said that due to the drying of jute, it would be difficult to remove the jute bark in the ribbon rating method and he did not want to prepare jute in this method as the cost was relatively high. Sabur Ali, a farmer of Mahanandakhali village of Paba upazila, said that he has been cultivating jute since the time of his ancestors. This year I cultivated 2 bigha of jute. Last year I got 11 and a half maunds of jute per bigha but this year may be 8 to 9 maunds of jute per bigha. There is a huge shortage of jute gins in the area. There is no water in the pond at this time. Last year, the pond had to be filled with water every day by running the sallow machine with jute in the pond. The cost of production has increased. As a result, this year too, like last year, we have to calculate the loss by planting jute. Rafiqul Islam, a farmer of the same village, said that there was no problem if the rain was heavy. The time is such that water is needed for paddy and jute. If it rains during this period, the farmer benefits. That is not the case now. Akkas Ali, farmer of Sreepur village of Paba upazila, said that Paba is a relatively high upazila. There is no flood in this upazila. There is no problem of jute awakening in case of heavy rain. But this year the rainfall is very less. There is no water anywhere in the fields. Even though it is time to cut the jute in this situation, thinking about the difficulty of waking up the jute, you are unable to cut the jute. Paba Upazila Agriculture Officer Shafiqul Islam said that the target of jute cultivation is set on 1 thousand 730 hectares of land in Paba Upazila. Jute cultivation has been done on 2 thousand 176 hectares of land in Paba Upazila. This year the target has been exceeded in jute cultivation. The condition of jute in the field is also good. Now the jute cutting time is going on. But there is no rain. There is no water in the fields. Farmers are waiting, when it rains they will start harvesting jute.

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