AIP Reinforces the Dying Jute Industry in Assam
July 6, 2013 | Dhubri, Assam
Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity- Phase III

Assam is the second largest producer of jute in the country. Despite being one of the largest producers, the small scale industries and jute farmers are striving to get a decent price for their production.

To shore up the dying jute industry and make farmers’ lives more stable, AIP under its Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity (TDIIA) organized an awareness workshop titled “Commercialization of Jute Cultivation” on July 6, 2013 at Pratima Pande Baruah Auditorium, Bilasipara, Assam. The Directorate of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University (AAU) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dhubri, under AIP’s guidance sensitized the farmers on ways of improving jute cultivation and improving their income.

The program was attended by jute cultivators and marginal farmers from nearby districts, agricultural experts, faculty and students from AAU. H. C. Bhattacharyya, Director of Extension Education, AAU, inaugurated the training handout published by the Directorate. Published in the vernacular, the handouts were distributed among the farmers for reference and future use. Bhattacharyya delivered a lecture on ways to improve the quality of jute fiber. S. Talukdar, Sub Divisional Agricultural Officer, Bilasipara highlighted the importance of jute cultivation in Dhubri district. He stressed on practicing advanced farming methods and government oriented schemes to enhance the yield.

C. K. Sarma, Program Coordinator, KVK, Dhubri discussed the significance of soil and climate to grow quality jute fiber. He stressed on the importance of using improved variety of seeds and adopting scientific techniques to obtain quality fiber. Tips on jute cultivation that include soil preparation, proper sowing and application of fertilizer, retting, etc were shared with all the participants. Sarma also discussed different strains of bacteria isolated by scientists at AAU for proper retting of jute.

Another lecture on “Scientific Cultivation of Jute” informed farmers on using the right techniques to improve production, which include checking soil and climatic conditions before sowing, improving land tilling techniques using modern technologies, etc for a healthy crop. B. C. Deka (Plant Nematology), KVK, Dhubri spoke on “Integrated Crop Management Techniques”. She discussed various crop diseases, their symptoms and ways of preventing them through pest control and technology. Toslima Sultana Begum, SMS (Home Sc), KVK, Barpeta, AAU discussed the various procedures to prepare different jute items and ways of improving their shelf-life.

Towards the end of the session, the farmers interacted with the experts and shared their concerns. They were happy to be a part of the workshop and said that the learning that they received will provide them the right guidance and motivation to enhance their produce.

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