Jute seed production to be subsidised: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:15am on April 30, 2021

Agriculture minister M Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said that jute seed production would be subsidised to attain self-sufficiency in seed production while addressing a discussion on the progress in attainment of self-sufficiency in jute seed production.

The Ministry of Agriculture organised the discussion virtually and the ministry’s senior secretary M Mesbahul Islam moderated it, said a press release.

The ministry’s additional secretary (fertiliser management and ingredients) M Mahbubul Islam, additional secretary (policy planning committee) M Ruhul Amin Talukdar, additional secretary (extension) Hasanuzzaman Kallol, director general (seeds) Balai Krishna Hajra and others were present on the occasion.

Jute cultivation in the country is dependent on imported seeds from India as 85–90 per cent of the country’s seed demand is met by supply from India.

The agriculture ministry framed a five-year plan to attain self-sufficiency in jute seed production with a view to produce 4,500 metric tonnes of seeds in the country.