Jute farmers in the district are eagerly anticipating rainfalls as the ongoing Bengali month of Ashar usually witnesses torrential rains
Most of the jute fields in Satkhira have experienced damaged jute fibres due to intense heat and lack of water supply. The leaves are dying at an alarming level.
Jute farmers in the district are eagerly anticipating rainfalls as the ongoing Bengali month of Ashar usually witnesses torrential rains.
They also cite substandard jute fertilizers, adverse climate conditions and indifference of the local agriculture officers to have hastened the crop damage.
This year, the jute cultivation target in the district was set at 1,37,624 bales from 12,230 hectares of land, of which 4,855 bales are expected to grow from Sadar upazila, 4,545 bales from Kalaroa upazila, 3,015 from Tala upazila, 1,013 bales from Debhata upazila and more.
Meanwhile, in 2018 the target was set at 54,633 bales from 4,855 hectares of land in Sadar upazila, 45,068 bales from 4,500 hectares at Kolaroa, 33,928 bales from 3,015 hectares at Tala, 1,013 belts from 90 hectares at Debhata, 10,913 bales from 170 hectare at Kaliganj, 1,013 bales from 90 hectares at Assasuni and 56 bales from 5 hectares at Shyamnagar upazila.
In 2017, the farmers cultivated jute on 12,205 hectares of land in the district exceeding the target of 11,630 hectares. Of those, 4,850 hectares are at Satkhira Sadar, 4,000 hectares at Kalaroa, 3,010 hectares at Tala, 85 hectares at Debhata, 170 hectares at Kaliganj, and 90 hectares at Ashashuni upazila.
Farmers said the damaged crops rendered jute fields red and yellowish, instead of the usual green texture.
Last year, excellent bumper yield in the district had drawn many to cultivate jute, but the recent shortage of water supply is preventing an even higher yield this year.
Despite crops damage, the farmers are expecting a bumper production of jute this season as they are getting seven to eight maunds of the crop from per bigha of land.
Growers were inspired by the last year production. They said the production would be according to their expectation if seeds, fertilizers were provided in time.
DAE Deputy Director Aravinda Mandal said the growers of Satkhira were producing quality jute for years, with occasional problems due to lack of rain.
He hoped the production target would be met this year.