The Farmer Organization Swadhin Krishok Sangathan (SKS) organized a human chain today at Jhenaidah town demanding price of jute Tk.2500/mound. The jute price this year is below Tk.1500/mound which is quite below the cost of production. More than hundred of farmers both male and female formed the human chain decorated with banner, jute fiber, jute stick. The peoples of different walks of life including human rights activists, teachers, journalists, development activists participated to the event to express their solidarity with the demand. Another farmer organization Kendrio Krishok Moitree and the civil society network KHANI Bangladesh also expressed their solidarity with the demand.

From a rapid survey conducted by Unnayan Dhara shows that the average cost of production per mound of jute is Tk.2332 which is quite higher than the existing market price. Therefore, the farmers have to count huge loss from selling jute this year which will throw the farmers into immense misery and discourage them to cultivate jute in next year. It is a great threat for not only the livelihood of the farmers of the country but also for the sustainable agriculture and future of the golden fiber of the country. Therefore, the government need to think seriously about the issue and take necessary initiative to increase the price of the Jute.

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