In the previous fiscal year, Bangladesh exported jute and jute goods worth $1.2 billion. The jute sector contributes 1.4 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Jute contributes 1.4 percent to GDP and 26 percent to agriculture, which means jute contributes about eight billion to total GDP,” Director General of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Dr Md Abdul Awal told a workshop here, an official release said.
The Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) organized a workshop entitled “Progress, Obstacles and Actions in the Jute Sector” with the aim of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Md Ruhul Amin Talukdar, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Textiles and Jute, as well as senior officials from BJRI and other relevant organizations were in attendance.
During the workshop, Mr. Awal urged all relevant organizations to take necessary and effective measures to increase the production of jute and jute goods.
He said, “Alongside commercial side, jute is an eco-friendly crop as jute absorbs 15 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases 11 tons of oxygen during 100 days of the crop”
Growing jute in the farmhouse yard can provide family nutrition, according to Awal.
Family nutrition can be met by growing jute in the homestead yard, Awal added.
“One of the problems with jute is the seed problem. This problem can be eliminated if jute seeds are produced in jute land, he said adding the government is working to produce quality of seed of jute for increasing production of jute.”