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Jute is rotting in government warehouses due to closure of state alliance mills, the authorities are indifferent

By Shyamsundar Datta, Tripura State: During the decades of leftist rule, the then central government did not take any steps to improve the situation of jute farmers with any facilities, as a result of which jute farmers are gradually turning away from jute cultivation. And jute farmers are leaning towards crop production. As a result, jute cultivation is declining day by day. Besides, even though jute is produced, jute is rotting due to inefficiency of some employees of government departments. A visit to the Teliamura branch of the Jote Corporation of India Limited revealed that millions of rupees were being wasted in jute rotting. Besides, an employee of the Teliamura branch of the Jote Corporation of India Limited told the media that the jute warehouses are located at two places in the state of Tripura. There were alliance mills to market the jute produced in different parts of the state of Tripura. Jute farmers are not getting the right price for the jute produced as the alliance mill in Tripura state has closed. Even if jute is sold in foreign countries, the cost is more than the income. Moreover, another employee said that the shed of this warehouse was blown away by last year’s fall. As a result, jute worth about four to five lakh rupees was wasted in the warehouse. Thus, per kg jute is purchased from the farmers at the rate of 45 to 50 rupees. At present, due to lack of proper monitoring at this price and inefficiency of some employees, jute purchased with government funds in government warehouses is rotting. In that case, the concerned authorities are seeking the attention of the concerned quarters.

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