Published:  12:56 AM, 12 October 2017

Cloths from jute soon

Various types of dress including shirt, pant and jacket are going to be produced from jute.  Bangladesh government has taken an initiative to produce denim from jute for expanding its multipurpose use.  Firstly, yarn will be produced combining jute and cotton. Then, denim will be produced from that yarn. Dresses like pant, shirt and jacket will be produced from the denim in the country and will be exported to earn foreign currency after fulfilling the local demand. It also will help save our environment as jute is treated as a perishable and environment-friendly fibre.

With this aim, Ministry of Textile and Jute has recently sent a project proposal to Planning Commi-ssion for approval. Indus-trial Power Wing of Planning Commission is ready to produce the project plan before the ECNEC after its evaluation, Textile and Jute Ministry sources said. Sources further said, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) is going to set up an industry named Composite Jute Textile and Garments Unit, though many state-owned jute mills in the country have been counting losses for long, while many have already announced lay-off.

To set up the new industry, the estimated cost has been fixed at around Tk 569 crore. It is learnt from  Development Project Proposal (DPP), the concerned ministry has taken up an initiative to increase jute production, ensure its multipurpose use and grab the global markets of denim. Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) has unearthed the method of producing yarn combining jute, cotton and similar type of fibre products at a cheaper rate. Utilizing the method, it will be possible to produce high quality denim that will help produce different types of dress like shirt, pant and jacket, sources claimed.

Textile and Jute Ministry expects that, as the country will be able to earn foreign currency by exporting the products, it will help keep the local jute mills in operation. After producing denim, several goods for households will possibly be produced from the remaining portion of the yarn.

The project will be implemented with the government fund, while BJMC will install the industry on its empty land at Matharganj in Jamalpur. Having started this year, the project will be completed by June in 2019.  An officer of Textile and Jute Ministry seeking anonymity told The Asian Age that most of the government's commercial institutions along with BJMC are incurring frequent losses every year. At present, 26 jute mills are under BJMC. Of them, three mills produce goods excluding jute. Meanwhile, BJMC incurred a loss of Tk 481.90 crore in 2016-17 financial year, while the amount was Tk 656.81 crore in the fiscal 2015-16.

-GM Jibon, AA

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