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Updated Thu, 20 Aug 2020 03:34 AM IST
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Officials of National Seeds Corporation and Jute Corporation of India have signed the agreement. Under the MoU, more authentic and improved seeds will be made available to the farmers, which will not only increase the income of the farmers but also improve the quality of jute with improved seeds which will open the way for the betterment of 40 lakh jute farmers with production.
During this, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the MoU between National Seeds Corporation and Jute Corporation of India will prove to be a milestone for the farmers.
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani thanked the Ministry of Agriculture and Textile Ministry for coordinating in the field of providing certified jute seeds to farmers, adding that the mission which started three years ago has now started to climb.
For this, a special provision for jute and jute textile products was made in the National Technical Textiles Mission in February this year. After this agreement, supply of 10 thousand quintal certified seeds, as well as 16 thousand quintal certified seeds will be supplied to farmers through NSC distribution channels. For this, 100 offices of Jute Corporation of India will make the supply of seeds accessible to farmers.
Forty percent jute production in India
Forty to fifty percent of the world's jute is produced in India. Jute crops are produced in about 83 districts in seven states like West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Meghalaya. West Bengal alone produces more than 50 percent of jute.