Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) plans to develop jute industrial villages on its unused land for the diversification of products made from natural fibers.
Last week, the Ministry of Jute and Textiles gave the go-ahead to the BJMC to establish the villages, according to the authorities.
"We will take action, we will try to complete all procedures as soon as possible to develop such villages," said Mahmudul Hassan, president of the BJMC, which has 25 mills managed by the 39; State.
The Ministry agreed on the basis of a feasibility report submitted by a panel led by Mr. Rezaul Quader, Joint Secretary (Jute) of the Ministry.
The panel found that 16 districts account for the majority of jute production, each producing more than 2 lakh balls of natural fibers in 2016-17.
The largest quantity of jute is grown in Faridpur, followed by Rajbari, Magura, Jamalpur and Kushtia, according to the report that analyzed data from the Department of Agricultural Extension.
The committee suggested the establishment of such villages in the best jute production districts and on the unused lands of BJMC sawmills.
He also recommended the creation of such parks in privatized jute mills that breached contracts with the government. Some 34 mills under the BJMC have been privatized several times in the past.
Rezaul Quader, the head of the commission, said that there was strong demand overseas for diversified jute products.
"We have mills to produce primary products, and here we are proposing the creation of small industries to manufacture diversified jute products to meet the needs of the export market and create jobs", he declared.
Hassan said that there are specialized areas, such as weaving villages, in the country and the idea of developing industrial villages in jute is derived from that to promote small and medium companies.
"Products such as jute sacks and sandals will be made in small village factories, and we will produce diversified products."
He said that BJMC has 100 acres of land contiguous to its mills while there is a good amount of land under the former Bangladesh Jute Corporation, which was closed in 1993. Approximately 25 units can be established on 50 acres, he said.
Bangladesh is the second largest producer of ecological fiber after India and two-thirds of Bangladesh's domestic production is shipped overseas.
Of the annual domestic production of more than 75 bullets, public and private jute mills consume more than 60 percent of jute sacks, bags and other items, mainly for export, according to the statistics of the # 39; industry.
Other 11-12 lakh bullets are exported as raw jute and the rest are used by growers to satisfy their needs for ropes and other items.
The jute industry, which employs nearly 2 lakh workers, is Bangladesh's third export sector after garment and leather.