Quality seeds needed to boost jute production

In view of the growing demand of jute, the government has taken several steps to increase production of jute and jute goods in the country. 

Textile and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi said, effective steps have been taken to ensure supply of quality seeds to ensure jute cultivation to meet the target and increase production in the current season. 

The minister was talking to stakeholders while reviewing the stock and market situation of jute at his secretariat office in the capital on Tuesday.  

The minister said, “Special crackdown on unregulated raw jute stocks will continue to ensure the supply of raw jute in the domestic market as also to boost jute production”.  

He said the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Textiles and Jute have already formulated a joint venture to achieve self-sufficiency in production of quality jute seeds as required.

“Unlicensed and unscrupulous traders, raw jute dealers/warehouse keepers will not be able to keep more than 1000 tons of raw jute in their stocks over one month duration,” he added. 

“Unlicensed jute traders will also refrain from buying, selling and stocking raw jute. The Jute Department is taking effective steps to curb the sale and purchase of wet jute and ensure the supply of raw jute in the market,” the minister further added.

Recently, the production of jute mills has been at risk due to the crisis created in the country. In this situation, the government decided to conduct a campaign to ensure the supply of raw jute to continue the trend of earning from export of jute and jute products. 

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Textiles and Jute Sabina Yasmin, Director General of the Jute Department Hossain Ali Khandaker, Bangladesh Jute Association senior vice Chairman Arju Mia, Chairman of Bangladesh Jute Mills Association Md Mahbubur Rahman Patwari, BJSA, Jute Farmers Association and other leaders were present.