Regaining golden days of golden fibre

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The jute sector has been struggling to get back its past glory for years together. Since plastic products gained popularity, jute-made products experienced a sharp decline in demand, causing the eco-friendly industry to suffer severely. During this long period, the sector incurred huge losses resulting in closure of a number of jute mills in the country and untold sufferings of the people who worked in this sector. However, things have started changing in recent times. The current trend of increasing export demands for diversified jute products is making the people concerned optimistic about regaining its previous monopoly market in the international arena, thanks to the brains behind it.

As jute was the most export-earning crop of the country it was fondly called the golden fibre of Bangladesh. However, jute-made products lost their appeal in the international market in the early 80s due to different reasons. Lack of diversification of products played a key role in the setback of the industry. That some people, though of the non-government mills, have realised the problems and worked on it is praiseworthy. The policymakers of state-owned jute mills can take a lesson from it.

The increased demand for jute-made products at the consumer level in the international market will impact our agricultural sector positively. Farmers of our country can now heave a sigh of relief and feel it encouraged to grow jute, knowing that the increase in demand would help them get a fair raw-jute price which they remained deprived of for years together.

However, this success is still far behind our expectations, and there is no way to become complacent. We know that the current increasing demand for jute-made products is a result of the growing concern over the environmental issue, which is being given more importance day by day. Consequently, it is for sure that the demand for eco-friendly products will increase in the days to come to save our beloved planet. Therefore, the authorities concerned should put more efforts into further diversification of jute-made products, with a view to capturing the international market of these products and avoiding the adverse impact of environmental degradation which will affect us far more than other countries of the world.