Inaruwa, June 9
Jute farming, an important cash crop in Sunsari district, has been decreasing annually over the years.
One of the major reasons for the decline of jute farming is that the farmers have failed to earn good income from it. The growing inflation has also hit this sector, according to the District Agriculture Development Office.
Although the soil of the district is very fertile, the production of jute has been reducing because of lack of rainfalls on time and the various diseases.
The jute farming has covered only around 1,900 hectares of land in the district in the current fiscal year. Jute plants were planted in more than 20,000 hectares of land during fiscal year 2066/67.
At present, the jute farming occupies the forth position in the district. It would occupy the first position in the past.
Local jute traders said the jute industries were in crisis due to the decrease in its farming.
Rajendra Yadav, a farmer of Kusaha, said that the farmers have been going for other crops as they have failed to get reasonable incomes from jute farming.