Businesses have urged the government to inspire paper manufacturers to make pulp from jute plant against instead of wood aimed at reviving the glory of golden fiber products.
Speakers discussed on possibilities of jute products in paper sector at an online dialogue on “Paper Pulp from Whole Jute Plant: Potential and Way Forward” organised by Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) on Monday.Ministry of Textiles and Jute Additional Secretary Mohammad Abul Kalam attended the dialogue as the chief guest, while Build Chairperson Abul Kasem Khan gave address of welcome.
Mohammad Abul Kalam said that the farmers are needed to be convinced to produce more jute and rigorous research with valid arguments also needs to be conducted properly.
“Considering practical scenarios, an initiative can be taken to initiate technical assistance for public participation (TAPP) and project on whole jute plant-based paper pulping,” he added.
Bashundhara Paper Mills Deputy Managing Director Mustafizur Rahman said that the capacity of producing high quality paper needs to be increased.
“It is required to produce paper with 90 percent brightness. If the whole jute plant based paper pulping is cost effective and good quality, the industries will go for production. Other paper products manufacturers also participated in the dialogue,” he added.
Build CEO Ferdaus Ara Begum said that the pulp is now being imported and produced locally from recycled waste paper whose quality is not satisfactory.Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Former Director General Dr Md Monjurul Alam said that the cottage industries can be developed locally to run paper pulp manufacturing industries that will use the whole jute plant.
Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) Director Dr. Sarwar Jahan, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Former Director Dr Ghulam Mohiuddin, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation Former Director Babul Chandra Roy, DCCI Former Director Rashedul Karim Munna, Magura Paper Mills Consultant Dr Mamunur Rashid, among others, spoke at the meeting.