BD Post Country Desk
Ashkol, jute fibre extraction machine, will bring back golden days for jute in Gaibandha as farmers will be encouraged in jute cultivation with low-cost retting technology.
To overcome various challenges in jute cultivation, the semi-automated Jute Fiber Extraction Machine ‘Ashkol’ was introduced the some northern districts.
The automatic jute fibre extraction machine can easily separate fibre from jute in short time. The expense is one-third from the traditional method. The loss is the least in this approach and the quality of the fibre is ensured.
The Ashkol is now being distributed among the jute farmers in the region. The machine was distributed among a total of 22 entrepreneurs of three upazilas in Gaibandha from RDRS Bangladesh to ensure the quality of the jute fibre to earn fair prices against the output.
According to a BSS report, on the occasion a simple function was also held at the conference room of Gaibandha Govt. Technical Training Center (GGTTC) at Farazipara, an outskirt of the district town, on Wednesday with programme manager of RDRS Bangladesh Porsia Rahman in the chair.
Deputy Commissioner Gautam Chandra Pal addressed the function as the chief guest and Principal of GGTTC M. Atiqur, Sadar upazila agriculture officer AKM Sadiqul Islam and chief inspector of jute here Mokbul Hossain were present at the event as the special guests while regional manager of Practical Action Bangladesh Nehal Azmat Mohi was the moderator.
The speakers underscored the need for introducing the modern jute extraction technology to the farmers without delay to get quality jute fibre to help the growers earn economical profit in a bid to change their lots gradually.
DC Gautam Chandra Pal emphasized for popularizing the jute fibre extraction machines to the farmers’ community in the day ahead to get quality jute fibre for producing high quality jute value added products and creating its demand in both the national and the international market.
The DC also urged the concerned to build the Aashkols at local workshops at larger scale and sell it to the farmers at reasonable prices to expand the technology at grass root level of the district.
Later, DC Gautam Chandra Pal formally handed over the Aashkols to the entrepreneurs of Sundarganj, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas of the district.
The entrepreneurs in their instant reaction expressed their deep satisfaction and thanked all the concerned for providing the Aashkols to them at reasonable cost.
Earlier, the entrepreneurs were provided with need base training on the operation of the Aashkols under the project.