Report by- Priti Singh
Kolkata:- Under the aegis of Minister of Textiles, Government of India, and the Jute Corporation of India (JCI) a scheme inaugurates to distribute certified seeds. The event took place at Kolkata press club and in the presence of CMDE, Ajay Kumar Jolly, Managing Director, Jute Commissioner/Secretary Moloy Chadan Chakraborty, Amitava Sinha Director (Finance), JCI. JCI holds a total of 70 camps for certified seed distribution and awareness of agronomic practices from 5th to 31st March in eleven districts of West Bengal namely Coochbehar, Alipurdur, Jalpaiguri, Uttar Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, Purba Burdawan, North 24 Parganas, Hoogly, Purba Midnapur. The main objective of this inauguration to awareness of farmers that brings improvement in production and quality, enhance the income of farmers, will improve the agronomic activity of Jute and 10,000 quintals of high yield JRO-204 certified jute seed.
However, to address the peril of spurious jute seed in the market, the government of India has taken steps to perk up the availability of high yield certified seeds. Under the aegis of Minister of Textiles, JCI has signed an MoU with national seeds cooperation and under the ministry of agriculture sourcing 10,00 MT of certified jute seeds of JRO-204 variety. The same would be commercially distributed in all the jute growing states beginning from March 2021.
Furthermore, awareness camps would be conducted across all the jute growing areas to make the farmers aware of the merit and availability of certified seeds. The use of certified seed is estimated to increase the yield by 20%-25% as compared to non-certified type seed varieties in the market. The jute farmers have been advised to use only certified seed for a good yield.