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International Jute Fair held in Dhaka

Three-days international jute fair held in Dhaka on January 27 to January 29, 2011 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC). The fair was organized with a view to promoting diversified jute products made by Bangladesh and India. International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has organized the first-ever such fair in association with National Jute Board (NJB), India & Jute Diversification and Promotion Centre (JDPC), Bangladesh to promote jute products.

1Ten (10) selected exhibitors from Bangladesh and five (5) from India under the umbrella of JDPC and NJB participated in the fair to showcase their best-quality jute products. Bangladeshi exhibitors under JDPC are: Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), Suchili Jute Multi Products (BD) Limited, Creation Private Limited, The Source, Corr – The Jute Works, Peerless Enterprise, Bengal Braided Rugs Limited, Union Trading Co. Ltd., Shohag Jute & Handicrafts and Evan’s Products Pvt. Limited. Md. Tajul Islam, a well known Tapestry artist of Bangladesh also displayed some of his work in the exhibition. The Indian exhibitors under NJB are: Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA), Birla Corporation Ltd., NSV Export, Pro Jute & Bapu Marketing Group.

Textiles and Jute Secretary Md Ashraful Moqbul inaugurated the exposition styled International Jute Fair at a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Speaking as the chief guest, Ashraful Moqbul said that the biodegradable natural fibre-jute is not only used in making sacks, but also in automobile industry. “I was told during a recent overseas trip that the jute would soon be used in the automobile industry in a big way. So, jute is coming up again.” He also said. “India and Bangladesh should work together in popularizing uses of jute products.”

IJSG Secretary General Bhupendra Singh remarked that the future of jute and jute products is bright. “But we have to set target where we want to go and how to achieve our target”. He further said that now a days jute products are a preferred choice of global consumers due to its environment-friendly nature. “We have to go for diversification, more and more” he further added.

Andrew Barnard, first secretary of EU Delegation in Bangladesh appreciated IJSG’s effort for organizing such an international fair showcasing best of the innovative jute products produced in Bangladesh and India. He said that the jute and jute goods have a huge demand in the EU market as the products are environment-friendly. He further said that at least 40 million farmers of Bangladesh would be benefited directly from this sector and it has a huge prosperity.

4Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary of National Jute Board, India, said that the world’s major two jute-producing countries, India and Bangladesh, should work together to change the people’s perception about the products made up of natural fibre. “We have to re-brand our products,” he added.

JDPC Executive Director Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman said that the country’s jute-based industries have grown recently, providing jobs to hundreds of thousands of people. “The world is increasingly growing conscious about harmful polythene and other products, and looking at jute products as alternative.

A fashion show of jute products and fabrics has also been organized by the IJSG on first two days respectively January 27 & 28, 2011. Prominent models participated  at the fashion show.

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