The crop is used as leafy vegetable, its rich in vitamin A and C, protein and calcium.
White jute and Tosa jute
Rainfall: 600-2000mm annually
Altitude: 0-1500m above sea level
Soils: alluvial, sandy loam that are well drained and rich in organic matter.
Prepare fine seedbed as the seeds are small. Apply manure 3-4kg per meter square.
Plant seeds four months from harvestto avoid dormancy or heat treat in simmering water for 5-15 seconds followed by cold water treatment 5-15 minutes. Mix seeds with sand/soil for even seed distribution. Space tall varieties at 10cm by 30cm by 40cm, broad varieties 15-20cm by 45-60cm.
Apply 10g CAN per plant
Nematodes: Practice crop rotation, drench with Trichoderma or use nematicides
Red spider mite: Spray with miticide eg dynamic
Leaf spot: Remove older leaves, roguing
Powdery mildew: Spray appropriate fungicide eg score
Harvest between 120-150 days after planting when the flowers have been shed. Bind the stems into bundles and dipping in water immediately after harvesting.
Extend shelf life by wrapping leaves in a wet cloth