Summary of the Completed Projects & Activities of IJSG (as on April 2013)




Projects/ Activities

Summary of findings and outcomes


Biotechnological Application of Enzymes for making Pulp and Paper from Green Jute/ Kenaf (CFC/IJSG/14)

Participating countries: Bangladesh, China, France, India & The Netherlands

Duration: 2001-2004

I.        Jute and kenaf (whole plant) are suitable raw materials for the production of pulp and paper by the Soda-AQ and Kraft processes.

II.      Various grades of paper (wrapping and writing paper) can be produced in the chemical process.

III.    Newsprint grade of paper can be produced by mechanical pulping in APMP process.

IV.    Bio- pulp was found to require lesser chemicals in bleaching.

V.      Bio-pulping showed promising results in the reduction of energy & chemical requirements with improved physical properties of pulp.

VI.    Bio-pulping technologies are effective in small-scale paper mills, manually operated jute based paper mills and in mechanical pulping (esp. in the APMP process).

VII.  Large scale commercial trials were successfully conducted at BCIC, CPPRI and CTP.


Design Workshops

Participating countries: Bangladesh &  India

Duration: 2004

32 artisans, selected from various Jute Service Centres from India, and 50 participants selected in Bangladesh were trained on handloom weaving, bleaching, dyeing, wet processing, tailoring, designing and bag making. All the trained personnel in some way or other are involved in Jute Diversified Product (JDP) related commercial activities.


Design Workshops

Participating countries: Bangladesh and India

Duration: 2005

Awareness was created among the small & micro entrepreneurs about the importance of design, finishing, etc. the aesthetic aspects of JDPs. Training imparted on selection of materials; various techniques and processes involved in making JDPs & handicraft products. Skills of JDP producers upgraded in designing, making patterns, stitching, using colours, producing attractive quality products for domestic and international markets.


Harmonized System (HS) Codes for Jute and Jute Products

Participating country: Bangladesh, India and Belgium

Duration: May 2005

I.     A document having common HS Codes for jute and jute products has been prepared and circulated to the Members and concerned Associate Members and relevant Associations.


Designing of  New Metallic Card  Clothing for Jute Cards

Participating countries: India

Duration: 2004-2009

Evaluation showed encouraging performance. The Project Completion Report (PCR) has been sent to Members and relevant Associations / Associate Members. Milltex would supply if there is any demand of the Card clothing.


Jute Reinforced Polyolefines for Industrial Applications: Phase II Material Optimisation and Process Up-scaling for Commercialisation

Participating countries: Bangladesh, India & the Netherlands

Duration: 2004-2008

Jute: PP (50:50) granules have been successfully prepared which were used to produce some items like Electric Extension Cable Cover at BITAC and house hold items at a plastic factory in Kolkata through injection molding process. Targeted products like Cloth Hangers, Buckets, Crates, Boxes, garden implements, garbage collector etc. with proper justification.


Implementation of IJO Standard 98/01 for Food Grade Jute Bags (Revised 2005)

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2005-2006

A document with standard sampling and testing method has been published. The document has been sent to ICCO and other concerned stakeholders. The testing method and the standard are being followed by the concerned stakeholders.


A Road Map for Jute Bangladesh (CFC/IJSG/20FT)

Participating countries: Switzerland, India & Bangladesh

Duration: 2005-2006

I.        This study identified some priority areas for developing the jute sector such as:

  Adequate supply of quality seed

  Development of HYV seed

  Increase of fibre yield

  Improvement of fibre quality

  Improvement of processing machinery

  Market promotion of both traditional & diversified jute products.

II.      The report has been sent to Members and Associations for taking appropriate action.


Printing of Catalogue/ Brochure for Diversified Jute Products

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2005-2007


I.        To promote JDPs and facilitate expansion of its markets, two separate Catalogues on diversified jute products of India and Bangladesh with photos and necessary information like product specifications, codes, contact address and list of manufactures have been developed.

II.      The Catalogues were distributed by IJSG to its Members, Head of the local Embassies/ High Commissions/ Foreign Missions in Bangladesh and important relevant Organizations/ Bodies.

III.    Both NCJD and JDPC distributed the Catalogues to their Embassies and Trade Missions of their respective countries as key input for the promotion of JDPs in international trade.


Study in the Residual Silica/ Silicate in Raw Jute and Scope for Elimination/ Reduction (CFC/IJSG/23FT)

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2005-2007

I.           The study has revealed and confirmed that the intrinsic silica content in jute is very negligible. That jute sometimes containing silica above acceptable limit of 0.02% is mainly due to external contamination.

II.         This is again possible to be reduced by simple washing and a simple sequence of chemical treatments which has been described in the PCR.

III.       A Protocol on ‘Making Jute Free from Silica Contamination’ was printed in three languages i.e. English, Bangla and Hindi.

IV.       The PCR along with the Protocol on ‘Making Jute Free from Silica Contamination’ have been distributed to all Members, raw jute traders/ importers and relevant Associations / Associate Members for dissemination of the information generated through this study and eliminate misgivings about raw jute.


Design and Market Development of Handloom based Jute Floor Coverings

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2006-2007


I.         Skill development trainings were provided to cluster of rural weavers for producing attractive jute floor coverings of marketable quality. About 22 persons from 8 states of NE region, India having rich tradition & heritage of handlooms /handicrafts and 77 artisan mainly rural women  in Bangladesh, interested in handloom weaving were provided training on producing jute floor coverings, its designs along with escort services for marketing.

II.       Most of the trainees, the target beneficiary of the project are producing handloom based jute mats, satranji, durries, prayer mats etc. and marketing in local /international markets/ fairs.


Low Cost Retting of Jute/Kenaf/ Mesta for Quality Up-gradation


Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2007-2009



I.        A simple cost-effective improved retting technology developed by JCI, Kolkata has been disseminated to a total of 4019 and 3650 jute/mesta farmers in India and Bangladesh respectively through trainings and practical demonstrations.

II.      Fibre quality has been upgraded by at least one grade by this retting technique.

III.    Impact of retting techniques on fibre quality, grades/grading systems, other proven retting techniques were disseminated to the farmers.

IV.    The ribbon retting techniques, developed by BJRI/ NIRJAFT was found effective esp. for the water scarce areas and attracted the farmers.

V.      Training, awareness and motivation programmes through JCI centres in other jute/ kenaf/ mesta growing areas of India are being continued.

VI.    In Bangladesh, Dept. of Jute discussed for adoption of the technique with 600 enlisted farmers

VII.  In Bangladesh, hoped that a majority of the total 20,000 enlisted farmers of DOJ in 100 upajila of Bangladesh would be benefited by adopting this newly disseminated retting technique.


Observance of the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF)

Participating countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, UK, USA

Duration: 2009

2-day International Conference was organized along with an exhibition and a Fashion Show with adequate media coverage. Steering Committee of IYNF 2009 is still functioning with a common initiative, Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI).


Small-Scale Entrepreneurship Development in Diversified  Jute Products (CFC/IJSG/18)

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2005-2010

I.        A large number of new small entrepreneurs have been developed under the project (1150 in India and 1420 in Bangladesh).

II.      The entrepreneurs have started production and sale of JDPs and thus benefited.

III.    The JDP base has been expanded, existing JDPs popularized.

IV.    Large scale mixing of jute fibres/yarn /fabrics with leather/other materials has been encouraged to produce high quality innovative JDPs to cater to the changing market demand.

V.      Use of JDPs to gradually replace plastic/synthetic fibre based products and to contribute towards improvement of the environment.

VI.    3 JESCs, 3 RMBs, 3 Data Banks, 3 Design Banks, 3 Display Galleries, a project website have been set up in each India and Bangladesh apart from many Awareness, Skill development / Training / Design workshops, Buyers-Sellers Meets/ Exhibitions organized under the project.

VII.  Dissemination of project results will continue to encourage more new entrepreneurs to get involved in production & marketing of JDPs in the coming years.


A Publication  on Jute

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2008-2009

I.        A comprehensive book on jute “Jute Basics” containing core information about jute including some technical and scientific descriptions to enable interested readers from varied backgrounds to know and understand jute has been published.

II.      800 copies of the book have been printed.

III.    Some books are being distributed to the Members, important Organisations, Associations, authors, editorial board members as complimentary copies.


Establishment and Strengthening of a Library and Resource Centre (Continuous)

Participating countries: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Duration: 2003-to date

I.     Library and the resource centre are fully functional. Around 5000 including books, manuals, reports. proceedings, journals, newsletters, theses, conference paper, project reports, yearbooks on jute, kenaf and other natural fibres, textiles, pulp & paper, jute geotextiles, environment, economy and other are available in  the library and resource centre of IJSG.

II.   Students, industry people, researchers, scientists, business persons & others visit and use the library at regular basis.

III. Digital version of the Library and the resource centre will be launched very soon.



Design & Development of a Website for IJSG (Continuous)

Duration: 2002 to date

I.     IJSG website:  is functional and is being regularly updated. The website is enriched by more than 300 pages containing latest information on jute, kenaf & other allied fibres.

II.      Learning from the website people from all over the world send queries on different aspects from ‘farm to fashion’ of jute sector.

III.    Total number of ‘visit’ since 2007 of IJSG website is 118,260 as on April 4, 2013.



Workshop on Productivity Improvement in the Jute Industry

Participating countries: Bangladesh and India

Duration: 2004

In India 32 artisan, selected from various JSCs, were trained on handloom weaving, bleaching, dyeing, and bag making. Similarly, in Bangladesh, trainings were given to 50 participants were trained on weaving, wet processing, tailoring & designing.



Workshop on Productivity Improvement in the Jute Industry

Participating country: Pakistan

Duration: 2005

The seminar was organized in Lahore, Pakistan. Awareness created among the SMEs about the importance of design, finishing, etc. the aesthetic aspects of JDPs. Training imparted on selection of materials; various techniques and processes involved in making JDPs & handicraft products. Skills of JDP producers upgraded in designing, making patterns, stitching, using colours, producing attractive quality products for domestic and international markets. Reports were prepared and distributed to Members and concerned Associations.



Preparation of an Interactive Compact Disc (CD) on Jute as a Publicity Material to Create Awareness

Duration: 2008-2009 and revised in 2012

I.     The video film featured the life cycle of jute, interesting comparison of jute Vs synthetic, environmental and industrial aspects of jute including latest developments in productivity, machinery, human resources, research activities and products diversification etc.

II.   Distributed to Members/ relevant organizations, associations and concerned Bodies for promotion.



Seminars/ Workshops on possible business aspects of JKAF

Participating countries: Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Syria, Iran, Poland & USA

Duration: 2005-2010

I.        Seminars were jointly organized in Nepal, Malaysia, Myanmar and Syria as prospective countries to be members of IJSG. They are also partners of IJSG projects.

II.      Promotion of Jute and Jute Derivatives in Nepal.

III.    Seminar on Jute & Kenaf. Jointly with Myanmar Jute Industries, Bangladesh and India.

IV.    International Conference on Kenaf & Allied Fibres (ICKAF 2009) participated by Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Iran & Poland.

V.      Seminar on Jute related Aspects in Syria, Bangladesh & India.

VI.    Symposium on renewable Feedstock for Bio-fuel and Bio-based Products – The roles of Fibre Crops: Kenaf, Jute, Hemp, Flax & Allied fibres.

VII.  There is a strong recommendation for continuing these seminars for the global promotion of jute.



International Workshop on Jute Geotextiles – Technical Potential and Commercial Prospects (CFC/IJSG/21)

Participating countries: Bangladesh & India

Duration: 2008

I.        An  International Workshop was organized with funding support of CFC to obtain necessary inputs from all stakeholders in the supply chain of jute geotextiles for revising /developing the IJSG sponsored project entitled” Development and Application of Potentially Important Jute Geo-textiles” appropriately.

II.      The geotextiles project proposal was revised accordingly and the project (a major portion of the fund being financed by GoI & GoB), is now being implemented in India and Bangladesh with the funding support of CFC.



Upgradation of the existing Display Centre of the IJSG  with new Products of Jute & Kenaf (continuous)

Duration: 2009 to date

I.        To make the display centre more purposeful, structural renovation and improved arrangements with colourful shelves, lighting and wooden works have been made.

II.      This exclusive display centre have showcased about 1,000 latest products of all kinds of jute bags, home decor, geo-textiles, jute composites, apparels and jewelry, raw fibres along with the traditional items sacks, yarn, hessian and so on.

III.    Foreign and local visitors get an idea about various products and applications of jute.



Skill development Training of Supervisors & Technologists of Jute Industry

Participating countries: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Duration: 2009

I.        In view of the dearth of trained man power who can play a significant role in properly and effectively managing the resources, improving the productivity and lowering the conversion cost, IJSG took initiative to organize these training programmes in Bangladesh. Through two international short term trainings on Spinning and Weaving, about 63 jute mill personnel of Bangladesh and Pakistan were given skill development training. The expert trainers & faculty members of IJT, Kolkata conducted the trainings. The need for these trainings were emphasized in many meetings and forums of IJSG by the Jute industry  as there is no proper institutions/ facilities of training the technical personnel of jute industry.

II.      The trainings have been facilitated by the renowned faculty members of the Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

III.    The trainings disseminated the progresses achieved recently and discussed the current condition of the jute industry in Bangladesh and India. The trainings also developed the skills of the participants in a better way to ensure the sustainability of the jute industry.



Skill development Training of Supervisors & Technologists of Jute Industry

Participating countries: Bangladesh and India

Duration: September 4 – 18, 2011



An International Jute Fair & a Fashion Show of exclusive Jute Products

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: January 2011

To introduce and promote international trade and find new market segments for jute & jute products; help create and increase consumer awareness of the environmental issues; strengthen demand and promote the use of jute for sustainable development in harmony with nature, the 3-day International Fair displaying the best of the diversified jute products manufactured in India & Bangladesh has been organized in Dhaka.



An Interactive Workshop: Gender Sensitization in Jute Sector – Bangladesh

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: February 2011

About 70 women representatives engaged in the jute sector in different levels starting from policy making, managerial, technical, quality control, production, promotional activities, marketing, incl. artisans, mill workers, and farmers were sensitized through this workshop by their participation, interaction and discussion on their contributions made & challenges faced in their work place with some concrete recommendations for improvement of the sector.



International Seminar on Strengthening of Collaboration for Jute, Kenaf and Allied Fibres Research and Development

Participating countries: Bangladesh, India, China, Malaysia, Poland, Pakistan, Nepal, Netherlands and United Kingdom

Duration: June 8-9, 2011

I.        The seminar has strengthened international R&D collaboration in different fields of the JAF crops and products throughout the world; has identified the actual problems and potential areas for R&D, the gaps between research-production-market, and the need for developing suitable future programmes in more coordinated way in a PPP model for the improvement of the JAF sector.

II.      About 200 participants from different countries Bangladesh, India, China, Malaysia, Poland, Pakistan, Nepal, Netherlands and United Kingdom participated in the seminar.

III.    A proceeding with 40 presentations along with highlights of the seminar has been published and distributed to participants, Members, Associate Members and relevant bodies.



Celebration of World Environment Day

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: June 5, 2011

To create awareness  about the eco-friendly attributes and the positive impact of jute on environment among the younger citizens of the country IJSG celebrated the World Environment Day 2011 & 2012 through organizing essay, debate, quiz and painting competitions on  a theme ‘Jute & Environment’ among the students of different age groups, schools/ colleges/ universities.  More than 200 students from about 70 schools/ colleges/ institutions/ universities took part in the events and IJSG has been successful in creating great enthusiasm among the participants on jute sector.



Celebration of World Environment Day

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: June 5, 2012



Design and Product Development Training in Bangladesh & India

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: Oct 24 to Nov 2, 2011

I.        Altogether 60 trainees (30 in Dhaka and 30 in Chennai) received exclusive training in jute fabric based bag making from the professional trainers of NCDPD of international repute. The training met its core objectives of upgrading the existing skill of the entrepreneurs/ bag manufacturers in teaching them about the innovative designs and product development in keeping with the demands of international consumers/buyers so as to promote exports of jute bags.

II.      More than 100 latest bag layouts have been supplied by the trainers as the participants may create more than 500 designs and products through the supplied designs in future.

III.    The training was comprised of 17 theoretical sessions, 18 Videos on design, texture, colors, etc, 12 full patterns of bag, 400 images of bags and home decor, 100 designs by NCDPD and 10 practical sessions on principles of design & product development, colour, product range development, visual mood board, design methodologies, product amalgamation with theme like climate change, product standards and classification, marketing and social and environmental compliances.



Design and Product Development Training in Bangladesh & India

Participating country: India

Duration: December 16-23, 2011



Industry Discussion on IJSG Approved Unfunded Projects

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: January 17, 2012

The meeting discussed on the important approved unfunded projects of IJSG for getting the pragmatic views from the industry stakeholder on the necessity of the projects. The projects were titled as ‘Commercial Application of Effective Simultaneous Dyeing and Finishing Method for Jute, Jute-Cotton Union and Jute-Cotton Blended Fabrics with Reactive Dyes’, ‘Strengthening Value Chain of Jute Bags’, ‘Development of Rapid Test Method for Determination of Unsaponifiables in Food Grade Jute Products’, ‘Stitch-bonding, Novel Jute Fabric Forming Process after Carding, leading to Textile Application’ and ‘Skill Development of Supervisors and Technologist of Jute Industry’.



Training Rural Women Artisans on Handicrafts (Jute & others) for Improvement of their Livelihood

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: April 3 -26, 2012

I.        A one month training programme for 30 rural women of a village Shimpur, Comilla is conducted jointly by IJSG/ CIRDAP in April 2012. The objective is to increase income and job opportunities of poor rural women through skill development in jute based handicraft products like hand made yarn making, braiding and their products (shika, bags, pot holders, dolls, toys, place mats, jute ornaments etc.); jute fabric based products (shopping / other bags, home decorative, dolls, wall mats, table mats, etc.); jute paper making and its products (desk calendar, penholder, card holder, photo frame, other stationary items etc.)



Celebration of Europe day

Participating countries: Bangladesh & EU

Duration: May 9, 2012

I.     IJSG Secretariat organized an exhibition of jute products in the event to promote jute and diversified jute products to the European Community. The IJSG associate members Bengal Braided Rugs Limited, Eshana Jute Products Limited, Shohag Jute & Handicrafts, Peerless Enterprise, Artistic International, Tarango, Haimokanty Fashion, Suchili Jute Multi Products (BD) Limited, Corr-The Jute Works, Rural Reconstruction Foundation participated in the exhibit with their products.



International Conference on Application and Commercialization of the Natural Fibres Composites in Automobiles and Infrastructure Sectors

Participating countries: Bangladesh, India, Finland and Japan

Duration: August 7, 2012

I.     There were three technical sessions and five presentations on applications and commercialization of NF bio-composites in automobile and construction sectors in the conference. The speakers were from Bangladesh, India, Finland and Japan. The presentations showed the remarkable history of the NFC in the infrastructure and automobile sectors, present scenarios of the bio-composite markets and the future scopes and commercialization of the bio-composites. The conference also identified the potentiality of the jute and other allied natural fibres in these sectors.

II.   This international conference deliberated to understand the usability and future aspects of bio-composites in the areas of NFC especially in infrastructure, construction, housing and automotive sectors and explore the real-time approaches for commercialization of the existing NFC. The conference also highlighted the necessity of development a specific disposal and marketing protocol for the bio-composites through strengthening the public-private partnership

III. E-proceedings of the seminar has also been published by the IJSG.



Forum on Golden fibre in Green Development

Participating countries: Bangladesh, India and Belgium

Duration: November 12, 2012

I.        The Forum successfully achieved its goal of

  Bringing awareness among the participants about the positive impacts of use of jute and jute products,

  Providing a wider understanding of global scenario of jute and other natural fibres.

  Providing the participants with information about role and functions of IJSG in the development of jute and natural fibre sector.

  Promoting jute products and provide a platform to encourage jute trade through the BSM.

II.      The event was participated among others by MEP, European Commission officials, members of Federation of the Belgian Textile, Wood and Furniture Industry (Fedustria), jute & jute goods traders both from Europe and Bangladesh, environment groups, think tanks located in Brussels and Embassy officials. A four member delegation from Dhaka headed by Major General Humayun Khaled, Chairman, BJMC also attended the forum.

III.    The buyer’s sellers meet was coordinated by IJSG officials. Some 10 buyers, businessmen and industrialists from Belgium and the Netherlands were present at the meet. The official delegation of Bangladesh and around 8 to 10 Bangladeshi entrepreneurs also attended the event. They exchanged views and contacts to promote the bilateral trade. They showed great interest in cooperating with the Embassy of Bangladesh to further promote trade relations with the jute industries of Bangladesh.



Publication of e-jute matters (continuous)

Duration: December 2012

I.        Monthly e-newsletter tilted ‘jute matters’ is being published by IJSG since December 2012 for the global awareness of latest interventions and issues on jute, kenaf and allied fibre sectors.

II.      The publication is being sent to more than 1,500 organizations all over the world.

III.    IJSG has been receiving enthusiastic responses from the ‘jute matters’ readers.



Design and Product Development Training in Bangladesh & India

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: March 04 to 11, 2013


This 7-days training programmes educates the participants on latest design and product development and also created an environment conducive to the innovative designs & product development with the increasing needs of the overseas consumers. The trainings were comprised of 17 theoretical sessions, 18 Videos on design, texture, colors, etc, 12 full patterns of bag, 400 images of bags and home decor, 100 designs by NCDPD and 10 practical sessions. This hands-on training programme also covered the topics of principles of design and product development and colour, product range development, skill development through visual mood board, design methodologies, product amalgamation with theme like climate change, trends application, texture development, product standards and classification, marketing and social and environmental compliances.



Industry meet Future Strategy for Promotion of Jute, Kenaf and Allied Natural Fibres

Participating country: Bangladesh

Duration: March 16, 2013


The discussions were mainly focused on market situation of raw jute, price volatility, and strategy for expansion of local market of jute products, sharing of information generated including technologies developed by R&D institutions on jute and jute goods and related matters. It also focused on strategy for improvement of productivity, fiber quality and modernization challenges, prospects of jute and jute goods in the global market and the need for new marketing strategies including tariffs and non-tariff barriers on jute and jute products. Labor, working environment, social and environmental compliances and overall strategy for the jute sector development were also discussed in the session.



20th Meeting between the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and International Commodity Bodies (ICB)

Participating country: Bangladesh, China, the Netherlands, Portugal and USA

Duration: March 25, 2013

It was the first meeting after approval of the new operational guidelines of the CFC for the period 2013 to 2015 and was also the first ever held in a Least Developed Countries (LDC). Of the agenda discussed the most crucial was about the future role of CFC and the cooperation between CFC, the private sector and ICBs. The change in role and mandate of the CFC has been necessitated by the current challenges CFC faces in the changed context since its establishment. All the participants from the five ICBs actively took part in the agenda wise discussions.




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