37,600 farmers get Jute, Aush seeds in Khulna

The government has distributed high-quality Jute and Aush (Ufshi) seed and fertilizers worth around Taka 164 lakh 62 thousand as incentives among 37,600 farmers in a bid to increase Jute and Ufshi Aush cultivation and production in four districts of the Khulna agricultural region. With a view to increase Jute cultivation and production, a total of 20,000 small and marginal farmers in four districts of the division have got Jute seeds free of cost as an agricultural incentive worth Taka 44.5 lakh under the Incentive and Rehabilitation programme for jute cultivation in the current season (Kharif-1). Besides, a total of 17,600 small and marginal farmers in four districts of the division got Ufshi Aush seed and fertilizers free of cost as an agricultural incentive worth Taka 120 lakh 12 thousand under the same programme for Ufshi Aush farming of the agricultural zone. According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Khulna region, 1,000 farmers were given jute seeds as incentive wort h Taka 2.23 lakh in Khulna while 1,000 farmers got the seeds worth Taka 2.22 lakh in Bagerhat, 6,000 farmers got seeds worth Taka 13.35 lakh in Satkhira, 12,000 farmers were given seeds worth Taka 26.7 lakh in Narail under the agricultural incentive programme free of cost. On the other hand, a total of 2,600 farmers were given Ufshi Aush seeds and fertilizers as incentive worth Taka 17.74 lakh in Khulna district while 4,000 farmers got the seeds and fertilizers worth Taka 27.3 lakh in Bagerhat, 5,400 farmers got seeds and fertilizers worth Taka 36.86 lakh in Satkhira and 5,600 farmers were given seeds and fertilizers worth Taka 38.22 lakh in Narail under the agricultural incentive programme free of cost, the DAE office said. Talking to BSS, Additional Director of the DAE in Khulna Zone Mohon Kumar Ghosh today said: "A total of 20,000 small and marginal farmers have received the incentives for jute cultivation and 17,600 farmers have received it for Ufshi Aush cultivation under the incentive and rehabilitation programme (Kharif-1 season) in the 2023-24 fiscal year (FY)." The government has distributed the jute seeds free of cost with a view to increase its farming in Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Narail districts under the Khulna agricultural zone, Mohon Kumar said, adding: "Each farmer gets one kilogram (KG) of jute seeds for cultivation of one bigha of land." "The present government provides seed and fertilizers as incentives to encourage farmers for cultivating all types of crops," the DAE official said. The field-level agricultural officers will provide all kinds of cooperation to the farmers to complete the cultivation and production of Jute and Ufshi Aush successfully, he added. Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha