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More land under jute cultivation in Manikganj

Manikganj: The cultivation of jute is going to be ended soon with bringing more area of land under the cultivation in the district during the current season. Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said a total of 5,724 hectares of land have been brought under jute cultivation with the production target of 61,317 tonnes during this season. The farmers cultivated jute on 3,806 hectares of land in all the seven upazilas of the district last year. Deputy Director of DAE Alimuzzaman Mia said the farmers have been showing more interest in farming jute this season as they got fair price of jute last year. Still the jute is the main cash crop to the farmers of the district. Most of the farmers are interested to cultivate Tusha variety of jute in their land as its demand and prices in the markets, he said. DAE provided all necessary inputs including quality seeds, fartilizers and insecticides in proper time to farmers. Abdur Rahman, one of the jute cultivators of Singair upazila, said cultivation of jute is profitable and its stick is used as fire wood and fencing in the houses in the rural areas and the land of the district is suitable for jute cultivation, reports BSS.

4 held with foreign currencies

Benapole: Customs officials arrested four Bangladeshi people at Benapole check post for carrying USD 21,000 and a huge amount of Indian currency without documents yesterday  morning.  Tipped off that a group of people will be carry foreign currencies illegally, customs officials challenged Kabir Khan, 30, and Zaman Khan, residents of Manikganj district, Barkat Ali, 38, and Ujjal Bepari, 32, residents of Shariatpur district, while they were crossing the check post.  Later, the officials recovered the foreign currencies concealed in their bags, said Director General of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) Moinul Khan here, reports UNB.

Kushtia Sadar UNO steps up to prevent child marriage
Kushtia: After saving a girl from early marriage, Kushtia Sadar UNO M Ibadat Hossein has taken up responsibility for the girl's continued schooling. Fatema Khatun, a class eight student of Jagoti Secondary School, daughter of Alamin, hailing from Jagoti Colony of the Sadar was about to get married off on Thursday. Being tipped off, Fatema and her parents were taken to the UNO's office by Women's Affairs Officer Marjina Khatun where Ibadat Hossein persuaded Fatema's parents against child marriage and took responsibility for her to continue studying. He also urged the Women's Affairs Officer to provide training to Fatema's mother in order to make them self-reliant, reports UNB.

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