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Jute cultivated on 30,550 hectares of land in Magura

Update : 06 Jul 2013, 03:06 PM
A total of 30,550 hectares of land have been brought under jute cultivation in the four upazilas of Magura district during the current season, agriculture office has said.   Magura Agriculture Officer Subrata Kumar Chakrabarti said of the total land, jute had been cultivated on 9,000 hectares in the sadar upazila, 7,900 hectares in the Sreepur upazila, 2,950 hectares in the Salikha upazila and 10,700 hectares in the Mohammadpur upazila.   This year, a target was fixed for producing some 350,533 bales of jute in the district, reports UNB.   To reach the target, the Department of Agriculture Extension has provided training to the jute farmers and distributed 400 kilograms of high yielding variety seeds of jute free of cost.   The farmers of the district are hopeful about a bumper production of the golden fibre if everything, including weather, remains favourable. Last year jute was cultivated on a total of 30,445 hectares of land in Magura. According to the Department of Jute, state run Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association, Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and the raw jute exporters bought 1.2m bales, 2.6m bales, 1.0m bales and nearly 2.1m bales respectively last year.   In FY’12, jute and jute goods export reduced by 13.2 per cent to $967.38m, according to the state-owned Export promotion Bureau.
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