Pakistan Jute Mills Association Wants to Follow Bangladesh Jute Sack Industry

Pakistan Jute Mills Association (PMJA) has urged the government of Pakistan to follow the footsteps of Bangladesh which has adopted an aggressive approach to support its jute sack industry.

Mohammad Younus, Secretary General of PJMA, stated that recently Bangladesh’s appellate division of the Supreme Court has supported their government’s decision to make use of jute bags necessary for packaging rice in order to provide assistance to jute sack industry against the polypropylene or plastic bags.

It may be added here that Bangladesh has already promulgated orders nominating jute sacks mandatory packaging for wheat grains storage. The government is also providing 7 per cent cash subsidy for exporting jute items.

Bangladesh Government Start Drive to Ensure Jute Packaging

The government has taken a hard line to ensure rice packaging with jute sacks in the face of traders’ continued non-compliance with the compulsory jute packaging law passed four years ago.

The Department of Jute, under the textiles and jute ministry, last week started a drive through mobile court to compel the millers and traders to use the environment-friendly jute sacks to pack rice for marketing domestically.

The move comes after the Supreme Court reinstated a government decision that asked rice millers and traders to use jute sacks compulsorily from January to pack the staple rice.

The Supreme Court issued the order after the High Court last month stayed the effectiveness of the government notification following a writ petition by some rice millers.

Indian President Launched International Conference on Natural Fibres

Kolkata: Indian  President Pranab Mukherjee said that a concerted effort by all stakeholders is necessary to develop the jute sector.

He said Serious attempts have to be made to transform the image of jute products from cheap packaging material to value-added products suitable for diversified end-uses.

He stated that the global concern for environment and increasing consumer preference for bio-degradable natural fibre products have opened a window of opportunity for enhanced use of jute.

Jute agriculture in general and post-harvest technology in particular needs special attention in terms of technology support and extension activities, he added.

Indian Jute Industry In Crisis As Govt Orders Dry Up

New Delhi – The Textiles Ministry will hold talks with the Punjab Government to convince it to bail out the country’s crisis-stricken jute industry.

The industry has taken a further hit due to the State not honouring its sourcing commitments this production season.

Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (independent charge), has assured jute manufacturers that he will meet Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal to find out why the State did not place any orders for jute bags in June and July despite prior commitments.

Latest Jute Report From Bangladesh Jute Association

VARIETY BALES FOB Narayanganj

(One bale = 180 kg) (Taka per bale)

Ready Position (in taka) Bangla white special (BW special) 12,800 Bangla white A (BWA) 12,500 Bangla white B (BWB) 11,600 Bangla white C (BWC) 10,100 Bangla white D (BWD) 9,650 Bangla white E (BWE) 9,200 Bangla tossa special (BTS) 13,100 Bangla tossa A (BTA) 13,800 Bangla tossa B (BTB) 11,900 Bangla tossa C (BTC) 10,400 Bangla tossa D (BTD) 9,950 Bangla tossa E (BTE) 9,500

WRS/TRS, HABIJABI, CUT ROPES Bangla white rejection (BWR) 8,250 Bangla white habijabi (BWH) 6,300 Bangla tossa rejection (BTR) 8,500 Bangla tossa habijabi (BTH) 6,300

Bangladesh Jute Association Wants Recognition of Raw Jute as Agri Product

Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) wants recognition of raw jute as an agri-product so that it gets the facilities as are being enjoyed by other such exportable products.

The association has already placed its five-point proposal to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) for submitting it to the ministry of finance and the National Board of Revenue (NRB) for incorporating in the upcoming national budget for fiscal year (FY) 2014-15.

Other points of the Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) proposal include: waiver of interest on loans for two quarters to help recover the losses incurred due to political unrest in 2013 and providing loans to the raw jute exporters at an 8.0 per cent rate of interest. Besides, the BJA has also proposed for reduction of all container and other charges at Mongla Port.

SGS Bangladesh Offers Jute Grading and Testing Services

SGS offers an independent jute grading and testing service that assesses the quality of both raw jute and finished goods containing jute. Our textile labs – accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) – use a standardized testing approach.

A natural bast fiber obtained from two plants (chorchorus capsularis L and chorchorus olitorius), jute is grown in tropical countries. In India and Bangladesh – the two major producers – capsularis L is better known as white jute and olitorius as tossa jute.

Also called “the golden fiber”, jute varies in quality according to geography and season. It can differ in terms of length, strength, color, luster, weight, softness and smoothness, as well as the distinctiveness and uniformity of the fibers. The proportion of cuttings, hard-centered fibers, harsh crop and faults (e.g. roots, barks, sticks, specks, knots, runners and water marks) are additional factors that can reduce the grade.

India – Jute Industry Seeks Mandatory Packaging for Foodgrains and Sugar

Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA) requested the Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) that 100 per cent mandatory packaging should be ensured by the SAC for both foodgrains and sugar under the JPM Act.

IJMA pointed out that compared to 2012-13 there was a decline in the use of jute material for packing under JPM Act in 2013-14, according to a Press statement.

However, the Indian Sugar Mills Association requested the SAC to completely remove sugar from reservation under the JPM Act and reservation, if any, be restricted to foodgrains only.

The Director General of IJMA made a detailed presentation before the SAC indicating that the JPM Act, 1987 was formulated in the interest of production of raw jute and jute packaging material and of the people engaged in the entire production process.

Government Jute Mills in Khulna in Financial Problem

The state-owned jute mills in Khulna industrial belt are going through a severe financial crisis for various reasons, including inability to sell their produced goods.

Khulna, Bangladesh — (bangladesh24.com) — Govt owned jute mills in Khulna industrial belt are going through a severe financial crisis for various reasons, including inability to sell their produced goods. Some jute mills including private ones are facing closure due to acute crisis of raw materials.

Most mills cannot purchase raw materials and pay workers’ wages failing to sell large quantity of produced jute goods. According to an estimate of March this year, jute goods worth Tk400 crore have remained unsold in the government mills.

Jute and Geotextile

Geotextile particularly jute geotextiles are recently emerging technologies in geotechnical and bio-engineering fields. Geo textiles are not a single commodity. These are fabricated by both synthetic and natural fiber with different design, shape, size, composition according to functional need. These applications are generally categorized as; soil stabilizer, application at the interface  of the formation of soil and the track back to minimize pumping of fine soil into granular materials; to lay beneath asphalt surface to delay crack development; consolidation of soil through filtration and drainage by filter cake formation; application as erosion control; reinforcement of civil construction; moisturization, protection from rain, wind, light and cold etc.

In fact geotextiles are multi functional and location specific in nature. Bioengineering/agro mulching of natural fibrous materials are most effectives due to their biodegradability, echo-compatibility and improvement of soil fertility and texture. In addition to erosion control they also facilitate vegetative growth, de weeding and canopy of the land.