Jute Research & Development
to regulate, control and promote agricultural, technological and economic research on jute and allied fibres;
From the various initiatives taken in the jute sector, it appears that the government is yet to firm up pragmatic and effective policies for revamping this highly potential sector.
Jute, believed to be one of the key drivers of the economy has, no doubt, suffered much neglect over the decades due mainly to improper planning. In fact, high prospect of this fibre as the most environment-friendly and cheaply available one could not be made good use of.
There was barely any systematic plan for continuous research to develop and diversify jute products to match consumer tastes and preferences at home and abroad. Stray initiatives were there, but lack of concerted efforts and financing was the main impediment to materialising those as commercially viable.
As a result, despite being the second largest producer of raw jute, Bangladesh is still in the age-old sack manufacturing business, that too without much of a variety. The jute mills under the BJMC have been passing stress-free days as public entities with little or no urge to innovate new products and are content with only the traditional sacks. As for the private sector, it remains mostly busy exporting raw jute.
PATSHALA, the only non-governmental Jute research & development organization believes, only way the country’s jute industry can shed much of its sluggishness is by producing more and more diversified products in keeping with consumers’ preferences at home and abroad. It is more about product development, innovation and adaptation than just producing more traditional products or dishing out funds to energise state-owned sick mills.
PATSHALA is intended to bring about:
- a higher productivity in jute cultivation;
- improving production and marketing equipment (seed drills, hand hoes, storage sheds, baling equipment, etc.)
- To promote the expansion of international trade in jute and jute products by maintaining existing markets and by developing new markets, including the introduction of new jute products and the development of new end-uses;
- To provide a forum for the active participation of the private sector in the development of the jute sector;
- To address the issues of poverty alleviation, employment and development of human resources, particularly women, in the jute sector;
- To create and increase awareness of the beneficial effects of the use of jute as an environmentally friendly, renewable and biodegradable natural fibre;
PATSHALA’S R&D Activities
The steady decline in markets for traditional jute products forced the Governments and Jute Industry to take up programs for development of diversified jute products over the last few years.
Here is some aim & objectives that PATSHALA follows:
- Local & International branding & promotion of jute
- Painting / Drawing workshop in Jute canvas
- Publishing monthly Jute newspaper named “Sonali Asher Hirok Kotha”
- Exhibiting a wide array of jute products in PATSHALA sales & display center
- Organize local fair named “Pater Haat” with a view to promoting diversified jute products
Jute (including kenaf) was an important foreign exchange earner for the producing countries during ’60s. Even during the ’70s, jute was an important commodity for most of the producing countries. However, during the ’80s, bulk handling techniques and synthetic substitutes entered the market and jute started losing its predominant position in the market.