Quality of Bangladeshi jute is worlds best and from this jute eco-friendly pulp and Viscose can be processed, said experts at a seminar on “Eco-friendly pulp and paper processing from Jute” organized by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) at DCCI on 13 May, 2017.
Dr. Asaduzzaman, Director (Technical) Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) made a power point presentation. He said we can process pulp from jute and from pulp we can produce eco-friendly paper. Moreover, from our green jute we can process viscose and from viscose we can produce quality fibre. He said viscose is cheaper than cotton. Worldwide production of cotton is cut down to 7% and demand of viscose. Normally viscose is produced from wood but technology gives us an opportunity to produce viscose from jute pulp also. He said government is planning to start a plant for processing viscose. 451 crore taka will be needed to produce 30,000 tonnes of viscose. By the year 2021 worldwide market of viscose will be of around $16.78 billion.
DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said once jute was our golden fibre. We need to create the revival of jute through innovation and diversification. Bangladesh has the potential to become a major pulp and paper producer from green jute. Bangladesh produces 33% of the total raw jute. Today, we import 500-600 tonnes of pulp annually worth of US$600 million. We need to set up mills to produce high quality pulp from green jute which can meet its entire demand for making paper and also leave surplus from export.
State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam, MP said our jute has lost its glory but the present government is working hard to regain that glory. At present we import 90% jute seed from India. Government decides to observe 6th March every year as ‘National Jute Day’ to promote this sector. In 2010 government enacted mandatory jute packaging act to protect local jute and discourage export. Regarding viscose he said our importers have to pay 800-1000 crore taka for viscose import every year. He later said government will establish paper mill only for jute pulp. He said BJMC has enough land, if private sector is interested they can get land from BJMC to establish paper or textiles mills using pulp and viscose.
Additional Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Md. Fazle Wahid Khondaker said if Bangladesh produces pulp for paper and viscose alone it will help our economy a lot. He said Ministry of Agriculture will help private sector for jute diversification. He also urged for strengthening research work for newer innovation.
Director General of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute Dr. Manjurul Alam said demand of non-wood fibre is increasing day by day. Government is planning to establish a viscose processing plant. He said we need to do research for producing jute in south-west part of the country. We need to go for product oriented variety of jute, he said.
DCCI Covenor Rashedul Karim Munna said we need to go for jute diversification. He said only jute bag has a world market of $500 billion. He urged for short, mid and long term strategy for the development of jute sector.
DCCI Senior Vice President Kamrul Islam, FCA gave vote of thanks. DCCI Vice President Hossain A Sikder, Directors Asif A Chowdhury, Kh. Rashedul Ahsan, Imran Ahmed and Secretary General AHM Rezaul Kabir were also present.