Jute cultivation on the rise in Srikakulam

Jute cultivation on the rise in Srikakulam
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The jute (mesta) crop cultivated area has been increasing in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts for the past three years. Scientists and agricultural officials predicting increase in jute crop cultivated area this year also in the wake of early rains. 

Srikakulam: The jute (mesta) crop cultivated area has been increasing in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts for the past three years. Scientists and agricultural officials predicting increase in jute crop cultivated area this year also in the wake of early rains.

Jute fibre price per quintal was Rs 2,600 in 2013 and it was increased to Rs 3,600 in 2014, the price was further increased to Rs 4,200 in 2015 and at present the price for per quintal is Rs 4,600.

“In the wake of rise in fibre price and availability of quality seeds, farmers are slowly attracting to cultivate jute crop. In 2014, jute crop cultivated area was 4,700 hectares in two districts and it was increased to 5,600 hectares in 2015, this year we are predicting that the crop extent would be increased to 6,700 hectares as farmers have started enquiring about the price of fibre and seeking quality seeds,” said Jute Research Centre head scientist J Jagannadham.

“Thirty years ago jute crop was cultivated in 80,000 hectares in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts due to competition from plastic products and lack of support from the government. The jute crop cultivated area came down to 3,100 hectares by 2010 and now it was increased due to rise in demand for fibre products,” explained assistant director of agronomy wing T Bhavani Shankar.

In Srikakulam district farmers in Vangara, Regidi, Palakonda, Veeragattam, Rajam, Santhakaviti and Ponduru mandals are making arrangements to cultivate jute in dry and uplands area this year and agriculture officials also prepared plans to provide quality seeds for farmers.

Rs 5,000 is enough for cultivating jute crop in one acre and one can get 12 quintals fibre from one acre and total income will be Rs 55,200.

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