Jute secures 2nd position in export trade

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Textiles and jute minister Golam Dastigir Gazi said on Tuesday said that the country had earned around Tk 2,460 crore ($30.75 crore) in the first quarter of the current fiscal year from jute export due to the government’s different action plans while the sector secured the second in position in export, replacing the leather industry.

‘In the first three months from July-September period, Tk 2,460 crore was earned from jute and jute goods export which is 39.26 per cent higher than the last corresponding period,’ he told a meeting of the officers forum of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation at the ministry in Dhaka.

Jute sector is now playing an important role in the national economy due to various actions plans of textiles and jute ministry for development and extension of the sector.

The ministry is also performing due role in rising raw jute and diversified jute good production by providing incentives in jute goods export and increasing internal use of the golden fiber, according to official release.

About the fair price of jute, Dastigir said that his ministry was aware enough to ensure fair price for the jute growers.

Necessary cooperation is being provided to motivate the jute growers and extension of jute industries considering its demand both on domestic and international markets.

A five-year project on production and extension of higher technology based jute and jute seed has been taken by the directorate of jute to increase quality jute production and attaining self-sufficiency in jute seed production.

The project is being implemented at 230 upazilas in 46 districts.

Textiles and jute secretary Lokman Hossen Mia and additional secretary Abul Kalam Azad were also present in the meeting.

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