West Bengal is India's single largest raw jute cultivator. It produces almost 75 % of the Jute crop in Nadia, Dinajpur, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas districts. The more than 100-year-old Jute sector, supports about five million families at the farm and the industry-level in India.
Problems faced by the industry
The availability of quality raw jute and shrinking acreage on the one-hand and the failure of most jute mills to modernise have left the sector dependent on government-support like packaging reservations. The sector is still primitive, involves labour-intensive cultivation methods and retting creating problems for the Industry.
With raw jute prices remaining below the support price in 2018, the area-under-cultivation may stagnate in the coming years. The technology adoption to this sector is also limited by various factors.