Recently Textile Minister, Smriti Irani, has launched the commercial Jute seed distribution scheme.

Points To Note

  • The Commercial Jute Seed Distribution Scheme was launched in the backdrop of a MoU signed between the Jute Corporation of India and the National Seeds Corporation Ltd.
  • The Memorandum of understanding was signed in 2020 for the commercial distribution of 1000 Metric Tonne certified jute seeds in 2021-22.
  • Smriti Irani while rolling out the scheme highlighted that the Government of India has also increased the Minimum Support Price for Jute in order to help Jute farmers in the country.
  • Minimum Support Price has been increased by nearly 76% in the period of last six years.
  • Currently, the Minimum Support Price for Jute has been kept at Rupees 4225 in the financial year 2020-21. This price has been doubled when compared to Minimum Support Price of Rupees 2400 in the year 2014-15.
  • Smriti Irani also stated that the highly productive variant of Jute seeds will help to enhance the income of nearly 5 lakh Jute farmers across the country.

Recent Developments

Smriti Irani also said that both the Union Agriculture Ministry and Textile Ministry has been working and enhancing the synergy in order to extend its support to the Jute growing farmers. Recently, the Government of India took the decision of mandatory packaging in jute materials. This move will benefit over 4 lakh farmers. It will also help nearly 40 lakh Agri-based households. Further, excavation for Jute-retting tanks has been included under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act of 2005. This move will help in creating 46 lakh days of work for the farmers.

Jute

Jute is a natural fibre having a golden, soft, long, and silky shine. Jute is the cheapest fibre which is procured from skin of the plant’s stem. Jute is also known as the golden fibre. The Golden Fibre Revolution in India is associated to the jute production. Jute industry is one among the oldest textile industries in India that involved directly or indirectly a large chunk of people.