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  • 01 August, 2021

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An Initiative to Double the income of Jute Farmers

Improved Cultivation and Advanced Retting Exercise for Jute (Jute – ICARE) was launched in 2015 to popularize/introduce some of the better agronomic practices like microbial assisted retting among farmers intensively in a few blocks in West Bengal and Assam on pilot basis. The improved agronomic practices include –

  • line sowing of jute using seed drill to increase yield by 10-15%;
  • weed management in jute by wheel hoeing/nail weeder .
  • distribution of quality certified seeds at 50% subsidy.
  • Central Research Institute for Research in Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF) developed a microbial consortium called SONA, to enhance the quantity of fibre yield by 20% as well as its quality in terms of grade by at least 1 ½ grades.
  • Also, under the project, regular SMSs are sent in regional languages on improved practices in jute cultivation, to registered farmers.
  • Supply of Seed drills and Nail weeders is undertaken for demonstration purpose.

The earnings of jute farmers have been increased by more than Rs.10000 per hectare.

Some of the highlights of the action taken under the Jute ICARE programme are given below:

  1. Jute ICARE programme will be taken up under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and create awareness amongst farmers for use of certified jute seeds through Krishi VikasKendras (KVK). States have also been requested to supply farm implements under the Sub-mission in Agricultural Mission (SMAM) and construct Retting Tanks under MGNREGS and RKVY.
  1. National Jute Board, Ministry of Textiles with National Seeds Corporation and Jute Corporation of India are supplying certified Jute seeds of a new variety to Jute Farmers -- 800 MT for Year 2018; and 1500 MT for Year 2019. There will be an enhancement of availability of certified seeds by 60%, in 2018 and 87.5% in 2019.
  1. It has been reported that the average height of the jute plant under the project is 10 to 13 feet (against the normal height of 9 feet). The JR 204 seed variety is thus found to be very promising and productive to the farmers.
  1. Action Plans for undertaking Front Line Demonstrations by CRIJAF and National Institute of Research in Jute and Allied Fibres (NIRJAFT) in Coordination with NJB, have been approved.
  1. Krishi Melas are being held to support farmers.

Source: PIB

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