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“India has the potential to produce quality jute”

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani claimed that India has the potential to become one of the largest jute exporters in the diversified section if the quality of the raw material can be improved. The minister also urged the jute industry to bolster the center’s initiative in providing certified jute seeds to the farmers that would produce a better quality crop.

Smriti Irani claimed that India has the potential to become one of the largest jute exporter
Figure 1: Smriti Irani, speaking on jute, the biggest challenge is the quality of the raw material.

“When we look at jute, we wonder why our jute industry has not galloped ahead like Bangladesh. One of our biggest challenges has been the output of the raw material which is not fine enough for enhanced diversification,” Irani said while addressing the members of the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce on May 31.

The minister pointed out that the agricultural ministry and the textile ministry invited all state governments to ensure that certified seeds are given to the jute farmers through every Krishi Vigyan Kendras (the agricultural extension centers created by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research to provide farm support).

“I would encourage the jute industry to become a participant in that endeavor so that the productivity and income of the farmer increases and at the same time our crop becomes finer and better for more diversification,” she said. Pointing out that India is the largest jute producing country in the world, she said: “we have the potential to become one of the largest jute exporters in the diversified section”.

In the world trade, jute sector takes a great place. It is great news for the farmer who is growing jute because peoples are feeling the demand for natural fiber. Jute fibers are cheaper than cotton fiber. Most raw jute exporting countries are Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Tanzania. Now here are top ten largest jute producing countries in the world.Top ten largest jute producing countries in the world. Source

The Union Minister said the Centre is providing support to the partners of the jute industry, who have enhanced the diversification of jute products so that they can be self-sufficient and do not have to completely rely on the government’s support.

She also highlighted the importance of the newly emerged technical textile sector and hoped the Bengal textile industry that contributes to more than five percent of the overall national textile segment will be a huge participant in the development of this sector.

Jute is second-ranked after cotton based on usage and cultivation; the growth of this crop is dependent on soil, season, and climate. Besides, statistics show that over 85% of the global production of jute is done in Ganges Delta which is located in Southern Asian. Jute is a fully bio-degradable natural fiber and the cheapest vegetable fiber after cotton to cultivate.

Hence, It is well loved by environment because the products do not pollute the environment and in the recent past, most countries have switched to jute products which include bags, shoes, and mats. Consumers are preferring these products since plastics have become a major contributor to pollution. It is usually referred to as ‘the golden fiber’ and its quality differs according to softness, color, strength, length, and luster. This has seen the demand and supply of jute increase globally.

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