Bangladesh is the second largest producer of jute after India. Recently Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC) has planned to establish jute industrial villages on its unused lands for the diversification of products, which will be made from the natural fiber.
“We will take steps. We will try to complete all the procedures as soon as possible to develop such villages,” said Mahmudul Hassan, Chairman of BJMC. “The ministry gave its consent based on a feasibility report submitted by a panel headed by Md Rezaul Quader, joint secretary (Jute) of the ministry”, he added.
Mahmudul Hasan also said, “The panel found that 16 districts account for the majority of jute production, each producing more than 2 lakh bales of the natural fiber in 2016-17.”
According to the report that analyzed data of the ministry of agriculture, the highest amount of jute is grown in Faridpur, Rajbari, Magura, Jamalpur and Kushtia. The committee suggested establishment of such villages in top jute producing districts and on unutilized lands of mills under the BJMC.
“We have mills to make primary products and here we suggest establishment of small industries to make diversified jute goods to cater to the export market and create jobs”, said Rezaul Quader, the convener of the committee. Rezaul also said, “Products such as jute bags and sandals will be made in the small scale factories in the villages. We will produce diversified products.” Many experts opined that value added jute products can do revolutionary change in the jute sector of the country.
The jute industry employs nearly 2 lakh workers of the country. It is also the third largest export earning sector after garment and leather.
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