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Bumper jute production looms in S-W region

Khulna: Framers in 10 districts of the southwestern region are in an upbeat mood as they expect bumper jute production this season due to favourable weather condition.Agriculture officials here said the jute yield in the districts will cross its target amid increased cultivation acreage.As the market price of the harvested jute seems to be good, the jute farmers this time expect a better return.Sources at Khulna Agriculture Extension Department (DAE) said a target was set to produce some 22,11,552 bales of jute from 2,03,063 hectares of land in the 10 districts this season, but farmers cultivated jute on more lands against the DAEs target.Tusher Kranti Biswas, a local agriculture officer, said jute growers on an average have to spend Tk 10,000 on cultivation of jute per hectare of land and they get 50 maunds of jute, worth Tk 75000-80000, per hectare.M Jahangir Hossain, an official of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill in Khalishpur of Khulna, said farmers have started harvesting jute and the new harvest is selling at good prices in the local markets.Jahangir further said Tossa jute (local) is selling at Tk 1550 per maund. UNB - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_23-08-2013_Bumper-jute-production-loomsin-S-W-region_593_1_3_1_19.html#sthash.1TXtdMrx.dpuf
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Bumper jute production looms in S-W region

Khulna: Framers in 10 districts of the southwestern region are in an upbeat mood as they expect bumper jute production this season due to favourable weather condition.Agriculture officials here said the jute yield in the districts will cross its target amid increased cultivation acreage.As the market price of the harvested jute seems to be good, the jute farmers this time expect a better return.Sources at Khulna Agriculture Extension Department (DAE) said a target was set to produce some 22,11,552 bales of jute from 2,03,063 hectares of land in the 10 districts this season, but farmers cultivated jute on more lands against the DAEs target.Tusher Kranti Biswas, a local agriculture officer, said jute growers on an average have to spend Tk 10,000 on cultivation of jute per hectare of land and they get 50 maunds of jute, worth Tk 75000-80000, per hectare.M Jahangir Hossain, an official of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill in Khalishpur of Khulna, said farmers have started harvesting jute and the new harvest is selling at good prices in the local markets.Jahangir further said Tossa jute (local) is selling at Tk 1550 per maund. UNB - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_23-08-2013_Bumper-jute-production-looms-inS-W-region_593_1_3_1_19.html#sthash.1TXtdMrx.dpuftakes proper initiatives, the volume might increase by manifolds, Khaled Ahmed, a participant at the fair told daily sun yesterday.We have a large jute market in the European countries, Australia and Japan, he added.International Jute Study Group (IJSG) for the first time organised the three-day fair at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The fair was inaugurated on Thursday in association with Jute Diversification and Promotion Centre and National Jute Board of India.Textiles and Jute Secretary Md Ashraful Moqbul inaugurated the exposition.A total of 10 Bangladeshi export oriented companies and eight Indian companies are participating in the fair that ends today.In the inaugural function, Ashraful Moqbul said the biodegradable natural fibre is not only used in making sacks, but also in automobile industry. The jute will soon be used in the automobile industry in a big way, he mentioned referring to his recent overseas trip.Jute was the major export earning sector for Bangladesh during 1950s and 1960s, he said adding: Unfortunately we lost the position later. But with pragmatic and timely initiative of the present government, the jute is regaining its position.IJSG Secretary General Bhupendra Singh said Bangladeshi jute and jute products have a bright future, but to explore the opportunities the country has to set the target.Nowadays, jute products are a preferred choice of global consumers due to its environment-friendly nature, he said adding: We have to go for diversification.JDPC Executive Director Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman said the countrys jutebased industries have grown recently, providing jobs to thousands of people.Atri Bhattacharya, secretary of National Jute Board of India, said India and Bangladesh, the two major juteproducing countries should work together for regaining the glory of the natural fibre.Darid CR Barol, an executive of CORR Jute Works Ltd, yesterday told daily sun that they were at present exporting finished jute products in 13 oversees countries including Australia and Japan.He said the institution, as a non-governmental organisation, is working in 18 districts across the country.About 6,000 members of the organisation, most of them are women, directly or partially involved in making jute product are being trained, Barol said adding their organisation

is fully export oriented.The demand for jute products in the country is also increasing day-byday as people are becoming more aware of environment.People of our country are now more aware of using hazardous polethene bags, so they are turning to jute bags, Barol added.Shahin Khondoker, a store in-charge of Dhaka based jute company Mansur Jute Society, said they have participated at the fair to draw people attention on the diversity of jute product in the country.Local people are still not much aware about jute product, but our exports are good as the product is very attractive in international market, he said adding sometimes local people are not purchasing the product for high price.He stressed on the need to create awareness among local people to help expansion of the market further.According to JDPC data jute accounted for 2.56 percent in Bangladeshs export basket in 2008-09. But its contribution grew by 2 percentage points in the following fiscal year to 4.6 percent. - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_29-01-2011_Stress-on-adopting-policy,-marketstrategy-to-boost-jute-sector_112_1_3_1_5.html#sthash.E7d4X3s0.dpuf

Country earns $3775.6m from raw jute exports in 4 months Alimuzzaman


The country fetched $ 3775.6 million by exporting raw jute during the first four months of the current fiscal (July-October 2012-13).According to the Department of Jute (DoJ), the country earned the said amount of foreign currency through exporting 557,561 bales of raw jute to different countries, mostly to India and Pakistan, during the period.Of the total amount, the export to Pakistan was $ 1257.4 million, while it was $2003.8 million to India, $ 660.3 million to China, $19.6 million to Brazil, $78.2 million to Djibouti, $32.8 million to A Salvador, $184.8 million to Nepal, $88 million to Vietnam, $289.1 million to Ivory Coast, $12.7 million to Russia.The Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA), a body of the raw jute exporters of the country, has set a target of exporting 6.5 million to 7.0 million bales of raw jute during the current fiscal year (2012-2013) as it expects higher level of quality raw jute production this season, M Quiyum, secretary of the association said.According to the DoJ data, a total of 148,546 bales of raw jute was exported to Pakistan, 251,569 bales to India, 75,728 bales to China, 2,895 bales to Brazil, 8,020 bales to Djibuti, 3,068 bales to A Salvador, 23,119 bales to Nepal, 10,319 bales to Vietnam, 22,310 bales to Ivory Coast and 1,588 bales to Russia.The raw jute is generally exported through Mongla and Chittagong sea ports, Benapole and Banglabandh land ports. Total 106,031 bales were exported through Mpngla sea port, while 176,842 bales through Chittagong sea port, 251,569 bales through Benapole and 23,119 bales through Banglabandh in four months period.Of the total raw jute exported in four months, 2,647 bales were BWC, 2,671

bales BWD, 2,505 bales BWE, 13,405 bales BWR 6,070 bales Meshta (special) and Meshta-A 6,199 bales.M Quiyum, secretary of the Bangladesh Jute Association said Raw jute export of the country will not fulfill the export target this year because international buyers are importing less quantity.A high official of the DoJ said that Bangladesh Jute Marketing Company (BJMC), Bangladesh Jute Marketing Association (BJMA) and Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA) are exporting finished goods to the world markets while Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) are exporting raw jute through 123 raw jute exporting companies to fourteen countries across the globe. - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_03-01-2013_Country-earns$3775.6m-from-raw-jute-exports-in-4-months_368_1_3_1_13.html#sthash.d0xlCcWf.dpuf

Promising jute bag market in Europe


Dhaka: Bangladesh could earn Tk 1 hundred crore annually by exporting jute bags as the demands of the bas has been increasing in the global market.According to an estimate of International Jute Study Group (IJSG), the demand of the shopping bags is 500 million pieces in a year in the market.Leading food retailers Tesco, the Co-operative Group, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and John Lewis-Waitrose partnership are expanding grocery convenience formats.In the UK alone, the grocery market was worth 150.8 billion for the calendar year 2010, an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous year.By 2014, IGD, a research organization working on the development of food and grocery industry, predicts that the Chinese grocery market will be worth ?761billion, compared to a forecast US market value of ?745billion Companies like The Body Shop are also moving towards a "greener" packaging revolution. Demand for natural, biodegradable bags will gradually increase as more and more chain shops around the world phase out the use of polythene bags and use bio-friendly natural fibre bags instead.Jute goods manufactures of Bangladesh export around 100,000 shopping bags a month on an average to different countries. They mentioned that there is scope for export of more jute bags in the years ahead, as some European countries are set to ban polythene bags.As per Indian NIIR Project Consultancy Services India had exported about 40 million jute bags mainly to Europe in 2008-09 and the number is likely to cross 75 million by 2011-12.This also appeared in the Business Standard, an online Indian newspaper, that India exported 40 million bags at the end of March 2009, especially to the European countries. This number is expected to rise to more than 75 million in the next 3 years.It also reported, President of Association of Jute and Handicrafts Entrepreneurs of Eastern India Sushil Khetan said that India's export of jute bags in 2008-09 is estimated at Rs 200 crore while it was Rs 120 crore in the previous year. - UNB - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_18-05-2011_Promising-jute-bag-marketin-Europe_223_1_3_1_12.html#sthash.jjxi8T4y.dpuf

Bumper jute production looms in S-W region


Bumper jute production looms in S-W region Khulna: Framers in 10 districts of the southwestern region are in an upbeat mood as they expect bumper jute production this season due to favourable weather condition. Agriculture officials here said the jute yield in the districts will cross its target amid increased cultivation acreage. As the market price of the harvested jute seems to be good, the jute farmers this time expect a better return. Sources at Khulna Agriculture Extension Department (DAE) said a target was set to produce some 22,11,552 bales of jute from 2,03,063 hectares of land in the 10 districts this season, but farmers cultivated jute on more lands against the DAEs target. Tusher Kranti Biswas, a local agriculture officer, said jute growers on an average have to spend Tk 10,000 on cultivation of jute per hectare of land and they get 50 maunds of jute, worth Tk 75000-80000, per hectare. M Jahangir Hossain, an official of Platinum Jubilee Jute Mill in Khalishpur of Khulna, said farmers have started harvesting jute and the new harvest is selling at good prices in the local markets. Jahangir further said Tossa jute (local) is selling at Tk 1550 per maund. UNB - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_23-08-2013_Bumper-jute-production-looms-in-S-Wregion_593_1_3_1_19.html#sthash.1TXtdMrx.dpuf

Jute sector in jeopardyWrong policy imperils millers * ME crisis creates export nightmare Zahid Hossain Biplob
KHULNA: For a lack of proper policy on utilizing the potential of the once-famous industry, many private-sector jute mills in the country have become losing concerns like the governmentowned ones run by Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC). Quite a good number of private-sector jute mills were established in different areas of the country over the last few years. However, as many as 12 private-sector jute mills were shut down in the meantime while another dozen are on the verge of closure, sources said. The setback in the jute sector has created frustration among the mill owners. They say this situation reveals an uncertain future of the industries that grew up circling the golden fiber. Sources in the Private Jute Mill Owners Association said the demand for jute products fell drastically on the international market amid unrest in the importing countries. Bangladesh exports jute products mainly to Tunisia, Lebanon, Serbia, Egypt, Turkey and Iran. But, the export demand plummeted amid a prolonged crisis across the Middle East. Besides, the governments move to reopen the closed mills without any viability assessment and a cut in subsidy has put the private-sector jute mills in further disarray, said one source. Industry-insiders said the grand alliance government initially increased the subsidy in jute sector from 7 to 10 percent. But, at the fag end of its tenure, the government made a cut into the subsidy, putting the sector in a tight corner. Khan & Sons in Barisal, Patuakhali Jute Mills in Patuakhali, Ferdous Jute Mills in Madaripur, Sharif Jute Mill and Aziz Fiber Mills in Faridpur, Al-Nas jute mill in Rajbari, Suruz Mia jute mill

and Nissan jute mill in Narayanganj, Alhaj Aminuddin Jute Mills and Charmuguria Jute Mill in Madaripur and Fatema Jute Mills in Savar have already been shut down. Meanwhile, Usha Jute Mills in Comilla and B.S. Jute Mills in Faridpur along with 10 country are now on the brink of closure, officials concerned said. Besides, the attitude of the owners of big mills is reportedly non-cooperative towards those of the medium to small jute mills. Many alleged that the big mill owners pushed to government for subsidy cutbacks to maintain a monopoly on the sector. Mahmud Hossain, managing director of Janata Jute Mill in Ghorasal, said the private-sector jute mills have been taking the hit of subsidy cuts and mills are facing closure one after another. Proper planning, ample subsidy and initiatives are urgently needed to save the jute sector, he added. Many private jute goods exporters said the state-run BJMC has failed to explore new international markets as it does not have the expertise to promote products globally. They said BJMC should appoint efficient people with proven expertise in product promotion. When contacted, BJMC Marketing Director Abu Sayeed said jute export declined in the current fiscal due to the Eurozone crisis and unrest in the Middle East. Sources also pointed out that India is not importing jute and jute goods following the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the US dollar. - See more at: http://www.dailysun.com/details_yes_03-12-2013_Jute-sector-injeopardy_693_1_2_1_0.html#sthash.h16GgGTw.dpuf

Country fetches Tk 6.51bn thru raw jute exports931,203 bales exported in six months Alimuzzaman
The country fetched Tk 6.51 billion exporting raw jute to different countries during the first half of the current fiscal (July-December 2011-12). During the period, the country exported 931,203 bales of raw jute to different countries, mostly to Pakistan, India and China, according to the Department of Jute (DoJ). Of the total, Tk 1.47 billion came from export of jute to Pakistan, Tk 2.21 billion to India, Tk 1.64 billion to China, Tk 172.7 million to Vietnam, TK 39.7 million to Cuba, Tk 67 million to Russia, Tk 480,000 to United States, Tk 159.7 million to Nepal, Tk 490,000 to Guatemala and Tk 37.5 million to Djibouti during last six months (July-December). The Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA), an association of raw jute exporters, has set a target of exporting 6.5 million to 7.0 million bales of raw jute during the current fiscal year (2011-2012) as it expects satisfactory jute cultivation this year, the association leaders said. According to the data from Department of Jute, a total of 201,270 bales of raw jute was exported to Pakistan, 358,002 bales to India, 231,000 bales to China, 24,875 bales to Vietnam, 5,014 bales to Cuba, 8,929 bales to Russia, 556 bales to United States, 25,227 bales to Nepal, 534 bales to Guatemala, and 4,496 bales to Djibouti. During the period under review, 205,454 bales of raw jute was exported through Mongla seaport while it was 342,520 bales through Chittagong seaport, 358,002 bales through Benapole land port and 25,227 bales through Banglabandh land port.

Of the total raw jute exported in last six months, 574 bales were BWC, 4,329 bales BWD, 18,444 bales BWE, 28,989 bales BWR, 6,327 bales Meshta (special), 7,849 bales Meshta-A, 1,160 bales Meshta-B and 13,092 bales Meshta-C. M Quiyum, secretary of the Bangladesh Jute Association said: We will be able to fulfill target of exporting raw jute this fiscal but the quality of raw jute is not up to the mark this year. We purchase jute from northern districts and Jessore, Mahfujul Haq, Chairman of the BJA said expressing the hope of fulfilling the export target. An official of Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) said that Bangladesh Jute Marketing Company (BJMC), Bangladesh Jute Marketing Association (BJMA) and Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA) are exporting finished goods to the world markets while Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) are exporting raw jute through 130 companies to eighteen countries. - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_22-02-2012_Country-fetches-Tk-6.51bnthru%E2%80%99-raw-jute-exports_63_3_3_1_4.html#sthash.6uZhreoR.dpuf

Jute mills get in miseriesExports fall, losses go up A Correspondent


Jute mills under the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) are incurring heavy losses for lack of policy support amid sluggish export demand on the international market and devaluation of the Indian currency, industry sources said. For the first time in the last 29 years, the state-owned jute mills posted a net profit of Tk 195 million in 2010-11 fiscal, ushering in good days for restoring the golden era of Bangladeshi jute products. But BJMC reported net loss of Tk 3.20 billion in the subsequent 2012-13 fiscal due to a depressed international market with exports to another major market, India, facing a major drawback due to depreciation of the rupee against the dollar, the industry-insiders said. There are a total of 18 jute mills under the state-run Jute Mills Corporation. According to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data, the country earned around $592 million in the first seven months of the current 2013-14 fiscal from jute exports, down from $646 million in the corresponding period last fiscal. Officials concerned fear that the export earnings will decline by more than 30 percent this fiscal. Abu sayeed, director (marketing) of the state-owned BJMC, told daily sun that recession in the European Union (EU) nations and a political crisis across the Middle East have pushed down jute exports. The neighbouring India also is not purchasing jute bags due to depreciation of rupee against dollar, Abu Sayeed said. Industry insiders said India used to import around 60 percent of Bangladeshs total raw jute productionwhich dropped significantly over the last few months. They said India imported only 40,000 bales of raw jute in the first seven months of the current fiscal compared to 800,000 bales in 2012-13 FY. Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries have also cut their jute imports due to political turmoil and economic sanctions.

China, Vietnam and the European countries have also reduced their jute imports from Bangladesh, according to industry insiders. Syed Asaduzzaman, managing director of Zaman Jute Mills, said: Demand of jute and jute goods dropped significantly on the international market while the major importer India has cut its imports in the current fiscal. Sometimes the importers are offering prices below the production costs, he added. Many jute exporters blamed the absence of modern machinery and lack of research and developmentactivities on jute goods for the crisis. Some private-sector jute exporters said BJMC failed to explore international markets as it has no proper research initiatives to promote jute exports and expand the market. Industry insiders said lack of foresight while reopening the closed mills without proper preevaluation has lead to another drawback which pushed up the expenditure instead of creating profit-potential. They also said the government is yet to execute the Jute Packaging Act by making jute bags compulsory for rice packaging to give a push to the ailing jute sector. Jute exporters have urged the government to take steps to increase the use of jute products by executing immediately the Jute Packaging Act and to explore new export markets for jute goods to save both the jute millers and growers. India introduced mandatory use of jute in 1987. - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/index.php?view=details&archiev=yes&arch_date=1603-2014&type=Jute-mills-get-inmiseries&pub_no=795&cat_id=1&menu_id=9&news_type_id=1&index=0#sthash.jjrZiD3g.dpuf

Bangladesh to import 3500 tonnes jute seeds from India


Bangladesh will import about 3500 metric tones (MT) of high yielding jute seeds from India for the coming season as growers show more enthusiasm to cultivate the golden fiber this year.A total of 840 seed traders have applied for permission to import Indian jute seed named JRO-524 variety (Tosha) which called as Nabeen seed in that country, Moksudur Rahman, deputy director (Quarantine) of plant protection department, told BSS.He said the seeds would be imported under private sector initiatives while the government will play the supervisory role. The national seed committee headed by agriculture secretary will examine the applications filed for importing and give permission.Meanwhile, director general (Seed) in the agriculture ministry Anwar Faruque told BSS that the primary decision is to import 3500 tons jute seed produced in Indian states of Maharastra and Andhra Pradesh but the quantity might increase if the demand is further goes up.Deputy director of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) seed marketing Azharul Islam said We produce sufficient quantities of local variety of jute seed but the tosha variety comes from across the border although a small quantity is produced in Rajshahi, Bogra and Kushtia,.During the last season, BADC sold local variety at Taka 110 per kg while the tosha at Taka 150. This year it may rise to 129 from 110 and 170 from 150 respectively, he said. When contacted, President of Seed Merchant Association F R Mollik said they would open LC at end of the current month after having the IP.According to officials of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), jute (both the tosha and local varieties) was cultivated on 7.5 hectares of land last year and the farmers were satisfactorily benefited by selling the fibers at more or less Taka 2000 per mond (40 kgs). We think the past glory of the golden fiber has comeback as we got unexpected benefit by cultivating it last year, Anwar Hossain, a farmer in Tongibari upzila under Munshiganj district, told BSS corresponding adding that he would cultivate jute on more lands this year. BSS - See more at: http://www.dailysun.com/details_yes_20-02-2011_Bangladesh-to-import-3500-tonnes-jute-seeds-fromIndia_133_1_3_1_11.html#sthash.hx2Z0FE7.dpuf

Bangladesh to import 3500 tonnes jute seeds from India


Bangladesh will import about 3500 metric tones (MT) of high yielding jute seeds from India for the coming season as growers show more enthusiasm to cultivate the golden fiber this year.A total of 840 seed traders have applied for permission to import Indian jute seed named JRO-524 variety (Tosha) which called as Nabeen seed in that country, Moksudur Rahman, deputy director (Quarantine) of plant protection department, told BSS.He said the seeds would be imported under private sector initiatives while the government will play the supervisory role. The national seed committee headed by agriculture secretary will examine the applications filed for importing and give permission.Meanwhile, director general (Seed) in the agriculture ministry Anwar Faruque told BSS that the primary decision is to import 3500 tons jute seed produced in Indian states of Maharastra and Andhra Pradesh but the quantity might increase if the demand is further goes up.Deputy director of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) seed marketing Azharul Islam said We produce sufficient quantities of local variety of jute seed but the tosha variety comes from across the border although a small quantity is produced in Rajshahi, Bogra and Kushtia,.During the last season, BADC sold local variety at Taka 110 per kg while the tosha at Taka 150. This year it may rise to 129 from 110 and

170 from 150 respectively, he said. When contacted, President of Seed Merchant Association F R Mollik said they would open LC at end of the current month after having the IP.According to officials of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), jute (both the tosha and local varieties) was cultivated on 7.5 hectares of land last year and the farmers were satisfactorily benefited by selling the fibers at more or less Taka 2000 per mond (40 kgs). We think the past glory of the golden fiber has comeback as we got unexpected benefit by cultivating it last year, Anwar Hossain, a farmer in Tongibari upzila under Munshiganj district, told BSS correspond adding that he would cultivate jute on more lands this year. BSS - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_20-02-2011_Bangladesh-to-import-3500-tonnes-juteseeds-from-India_133_1_3_1_11.html#sthash.hx2Z0FE7.dpuf

Bangladeshi scientists decode genome of jute fungus Staff Correspondent


Bangladeshi scientists have discovered the genetic history of a fungus which causes at least 30 percent loss of Tosha variety of jute, the golden fibre of Bangladesh. The fungus is Macrophomina phaseolina which is responsible for 500 diseases across the globe. This is the second innovation of the Bangladeshi scientists who invented the genome sequence of jute two years ago. A team of Bangladeshi scientists, led by Prof Maqsudul Alam, decoded the genome of this most dangerous fungus that affects jute, soybean, cotton, tobacco, maize and other crops. This is the first such invention in the world. It will open up a new horizon for research, Maqsudul Alam, a professor of microbiology department at University of Hawaii, told reporters at the media centre of parliament. The team decoded the genome while working under a government project on the basic and applied research on jute under the agriculture ministry. During her scheduled question-answer hour, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina first broke the message to the MPs. Then the scientists briefed reporters on the invention. It will help us make a new variety of jute, Md Samiul Haque told reporters, adding that farmers would benefit from the invention after the scientists managed applied ways for the invention. Chief scientist Maqsudul Alam said necessary measures had been taken to exclusively retain the rights of the invention in line with the intellectual property rights. - See more at: http://www.daily-sun.com/details_yes_20-09-2012_Bangladeshi-scientists-decode-genome-ofjute-fungus_267_1_1_1_8.html#sthash.3v8FLsMi.dpuf