Saturday, 10 June, 2023

Experts for production of high quality jute fibre in country

Experts for production of high quality jute fibre in country

RANGPUR: Experts at a training workshop on Wednesday stressed on enhancing cultivation and production of high quality jute to make its farming more profitable and revive the past glory of the ‘golden’ fibre.

 They viewed this at the event titled 'Increasing production of high-yielding varieties of jute and jute seeds adopting improved technology' held at Gangachara upazila parishad auditorium in the district, reports BSS.

Gangachara upazila administration and the Directorate of Jute jointly organised the event participated by 50 selected farmers from nine unions of the upazila for extension of modern jute farming technologies at farmers’ level.

Project Director of the Directorate of Jute Deepak Kumar Saha virtually inaugurated the event as chief guest with Gangachara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Nahid Tamanna in the chair.

Principal Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Rangpur Dr. Abul Fazal Mollah, Assistant Director of district jute office Md. Solaiman Ali, District Jute Development Officer AKM Mahbub Alam Biswas, addressed the event.

Moderated by Upazila Sub-Assistant Jute Development Officer Md. Rezaul Karim, Upazila Vice-chairmen Shaju Mian Lal and Rabeya Begum also attended the event.

Gangachara Upazila Agriculture Officer Marufa Iftekhar Siddika delivered a welcome speech narrating the goals and objectives of the training workshop.

“The demand of jute has been increasing globally as the fibre is being used as composite jute textile, construction materials for earthquake surviving houses, geo-textiles and other purposes predicting a brighter prospect for exporting the jute,” she said.

Dr Abul Fazal Mollah said the present government has taken pragmatic initiatives to enhance production of high quality jute seeds and expand jute farming and increase production of quality fibre.

"The government has made the use of jute sacs mandatory during storage and transportation of paddy, rice, wheat, maize, fertilisers, sugar, green chili, ginger, turmeric, garlic, pulse, coriander, potato, flour and rice leftovers to increase its local demand," he said.

He said multidimensional use of jute continues increasing at home and abroad following the adverse effects of synthetic fibre on the environment creating a brighter prospect to enhance farming and production of jute using locally produced high quality seeds.