Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani today rolled out the commercial Jute seed distribution scheme. Jute Corporation of India had last year, signed an MoU with National Seeds Corporation for commercial distribution of 1 thousand Metric Tonne certified jute seeds for the year 2021-22.
Highlighting the work done by the centre to help Jute farmers in the country, Ms. Irani said the government increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Jute by nearly 76 per cent in the last 6 years.
She said, MSP for Jute stands at 4 thousand 225 rupees for the financial year 2020-21 compared to 2 thousand 400 in the year 2014-15. The textile minister asserted that the highly productive variant of Jute seeds will help enhance the income of nearly 5 lakh Jute farmers in the country.
Ms. Irani said both the Agriculture Ministry and the Textile Ministry is working with enhanced synergy to extend support to the Jute growing farmers. She informed that centre’s decision regarding mandatory packaging in jute materials will benefit over 4 lakh farmers directly including nearly 40 lakh agri-based households.
The minister also informed that inclusion of excavation for Jute-retting tanks under MGNREGA will help create 46 lakh mandays of work under the central scheme.