ABSTRACT

 

This study was conducted during 2021 at four locations namely Rangpur, Satkhira, Narail and Jashore with tossa and at two locations namely Rangpur and Kishoreganj for kenaf. Twenty five farmers were selected in each location for tossa and thirty farmers for kenaf. Six Focus Group Discussions were also conducted in the study areas. Descriptive statistics, cost benefit and break-even analysis were used for data analysis. Seed was a significant cost factor, contributing for 6.77% of the total cost in kenaf, while tossa jute accounted for only 1.15%. The highest yield of tossa fibre was recorded 3458 kgha-1 in Jashore followed by Narail (3175 kgha-1) and the lowest was in Rangpur (2161 kgha-1). The average benefit cost ratio was found 1.78, 2.20 and 2.90 on total cost, total variable cost and total cash cost basis, respectively. In case of kenaf, the average benefit cost ratio was found 1.87, 2.36 and 3.01 on total cost, total variable cost and total cash cost basis, respectively. In kenaf, the average break-even price was 44 Tk.kg-1, which was higher than tossa jute (39.36 Tk.kg-1). The higher average break-even quantity was noted in tossa jute (1960 kgha-1) as compared to kenaf (1399 kgha-1).

Key words: Tossa jute, kenaf, benefit cost ratio, break-even point.