Considering the demand for domestic and international markets and the global expansion of the jute industry, the government has declared 282 types of attractive jute products as versatile jute products. A press release issued by the Ministry of Textiles and Jute on Sunday said that a list of the names of these versatile jute products has been released recently. According to the Jute Act, 2017, ‘versatile jute products’ means conventional jute products such as – Hesian, Saking, CBC and any such product other than jute yarn of six counts and above- in which the use of jute or jute products is at least fifty percent.
It is further mentioned in the notification that the development and expansion of the jute sector are making an important contribution to the national economy as a result of the formulation and implementation of various action plans of the Ministry of Textiles and Jute. As a result of the smooth implementation of all these action plans of the present government, the jute sector is in second place in the export trade of Bangladesh beyond leather. The labor-intensive jute sector has been playing an important role in the socio-economic development of the country.
The Ministry of Textiles and Jute has taken various initiatives for the development of the jute sector. Through the implementation of all these laws and policies, the demand for jute and jute products in the domestic and international markets of the country has increased tremendously. It was also informed that various steps have been taken to diversify and use jute products through Jute Diversification Promotion Center (JDPC). About 700 entrepreneurs of versatile jute products are producing various types of eye-catching jute products, most of which are being exported abroad. Various fairs are being organized in the country and abroad along with publicity campaigns to popularize the versatile jute products in the country.