Jute harvesting is progressing fast everywhere in the division as the farmers are delighted for satisfactory yield and market price at present.
Farmers along with their family members irrespective of age and gender are seen engaged in different works including harvesting, transporting, decomposing and segregation.
Rafiqul Islam, a resident of Salua village under Charghat Upazila, has cultivated jute on three bigha of land at a cost of around Taka 17,000. He harvested around 35 maunds of raw jute. Islam said the newly harvested jute is being sold at Taka 3,000 to 3,500 per maund on an average in local markets at present.
He also said they got satisfactory yields due to better quality seed, suitable climate conditions and availability of water bodies for jute decomposition.
Siddiqur Rahman, another farmer of Debipur village under Durgapur upazila, has cultivated jute on two bighas of land, saying the frequent rainfall benefited the growing plants to a greater extent.
He has spent 15,000 to 16,000 for farming. He is expecting around 20 maunds yield valued around Taka 45,000 to 50,000. Apart from this, he will get jute sticks worth around 5,000 from the
He had sold jute at Taka 2,000 per maund during the previous year’s harvesting time but its price increased gradually. Meanwhile, the newly harvested jute has started appearing in the markets