India witnessed a fall in its jute production for the 2012-13 crop year as the country has received about 20 percent less monsoon rains than usual by July this year, according to the National Jute Board. India's jute output for 2012-13 crop year plummeted by 12 percent from last year's 10.2 million bales (1 bale=332.5 kg) to 9 million bales. Usually scanty rains in some states and downpour in Assam could adversely impact the crop condition as far as India's jute cultivation is concerned.
According to the Agriculture Ministry statistics, as compared to last year's 892,000 hectares, this season jute cultivation has been done on an area of only 840,000 hectares. In India, jute is mainly grown in seven states, namely, Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.