Jute is the important cash crop in eastern India, particularly in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Assam and about 5 million people are directly or indirectly depends on jute crop for their livelihood.
Amidst COVID-19 crisis, jute was successfully grown in about 7.5 million ha in this season of 2020 pre-kharifsuccessfully. Even in some states 10-15% more crop area was reported by field functionaries. But the recent ‘very severe cyclone’ “Amphan” with wind speeds of 155 kmph and 200 to 230 mm rainfall have devastated the jute crop in some parts of North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Nadia, Murshidabad, East Midnapur and Howrah districts of West Bengal which are main jute growing belt of West Bengal. The cyclone severely affected the standing jute crop by lodging,specially that attains a height of 0.5 to 1.5 mt.