Achievements of the IJSG through Projects and Activities

(as on April 2013)

 1.           A total of 41 projects/ activities have been implemented on different aspects of jute, kenaf and allied fibres under the aegis of IJSG with the participation of Bangladesh, India, China, along with collaborating countries such as France, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal etc in a decade. Bangladesh and India inter alia have participated in 24 and 27 projects/activities respectively.


2.           Some cost-effective technologies for production of i) pulp & paper from whole jute/kenaf plants by biotechnological application, & ii) jute reinforced polyolefin composite for industrial and house hold application, developed through the above projects are expected to reduce import cost by USD 96.5 m and enhance export from Bangladesh by USD 3.3m and more jute based products of value about USD 627m are expected to be produced in India.


3.           3,650 jute farmers in Bangladesh and 4,019 farmers in India were trained through field demonstrations on a low cost improved retting technique for improving fibre quality in 8 jute growing regions of Bangladesh and through 20 JCI centers throughout jute/mesta growing areas of India. In addition 24 extension agents /trainers taken from the Department of Jute, Directorate of Agricultural Extension, and BJRI were developed in Bangladesh as trainers for future training and demonstration of the technique to the farmers. This retting technique improves fibre quality at least by one grade. From feasibility study it appears that through this technique farmers’ net income will increase by more than 10%.


4.           The implementation of some projects facilitated the growth of different types and varieties of diversified jute products viz. shopping bag/ school bag/ fancy bag/ office bag etc., jute mats/ floor covering, home decorative, hand loom based products in different areas of Bangladesh like Dhaka, Narsingdi, Rangpur, Barisal, Chittagong, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Rajshahi. About 1,750 artisans/ crafts persons of Bangladesh and 1,700 artisans/ crafts persons of India who received skill development training on weaving, bleaching, dyeing, printing, finishing, quality control, design development etc. have either become small/ micro entrepreneurs, or got employment with better remuneration, and/or rendering training to others in the locality and earning much more in the range of BDT 10,000 to BDT 35,000 in Bangladesh and INR 5,000 to INR 20,000 in India per month.


5.     i) Through implementation of a project for development of small-scale entrepreneurs in jute diversified product sector in Bangladesh more than 3,000 persons attended Awareness programmes; about 300 entrepreneurs were motivated for expansion or starting new enterprises for JDP production. 1,420 small entrepreneurs have been developed through one of the project who had very little / no income before joining in the project activities and now their annual income has increased to about BDT 96,000 from BDT 36,000 within about 4 years duration of the project. The local sale value of JDPs through fairs/ exhibitions by the project entrepreneurs have increased from BDT 50,000 (USD 730) in 2006 to BDT 10,300,000 (USD 141,795) in June 2009. Sixteen (16) entrepreneurs are marketing products with their Brand names. 10 entrepreneurs are regularly participating in international trade fairs & 13 are directly exporting JDPs to USA, Germany, UK, Russia, Canada, Italy, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Nepal etc. The export volume and value is increasing steadily.


ii)            In India about 1,200 small entrepreneurs have been developed who had very little/ no income before joining in the project activities and now their annual income has increased to about INR 10,000 to 12,000 within about 4 years duration of the project. The sale value of JDPs through fairs/ exhibitions by the project entrepreneurs have increased from INR 1,670,000 (USD 37,266) in 2006 to INR 22,000,000 (USD 440,000) in June 2009. Ninety-nine (99) entrepreneurs/ Self Helf Groups/ NGOs received bank loan. Six (6) marketing groups / societies have been formed with Brand Names. Many entrepreneurs are regularly participating in international trade fairs & are directly exporting JDPs to various countries of the world. The export volume and value is increasing steadily.


6.           About 20 entrepreneurs of jute diversified products from Bangladesh and India participated in the International Jute Fair with their wide range of innovative and attractive products including some traditional and technical textiles. More than 6,000 people visited the fair in three days. Around 300 buyers from different countries like Canada, England, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sri Lanka and USA visited the fair and showed their interest for trade. Some exhibitors received orders like one buyer received 35 orders and some were having negotiations with the buyers. People were highly impressed by the range of jute products in the Fair and the Fashion Shows which also displayed exclusive jute products like dresses, saris, coats, fashion accessories, hats, shoes, belts, bags, jute ornaments etc. This event has also contributed in increasing awareness among the local and foreign visitors about the potential of jute in wide range of attractive & useful products.


7.           Towards achieving one of IJSG’s important goals of women empowerment and gender sensitization in conformity with the development goals of EU and the many countries of the world a Gender Sensitization workshop was held in Dhaka. About 60-70 women engaged in the value chain of jute sector in different capacities from jute farmers, workers, artisans, entrepreneurs, researchers, women working in industry, trade & marketing, up to policy level participated in the workshop. Through presentations, discussions and interactions an insight and awareness about the status of women, problems, prospects in working in the jute sector from Bangladesh perspective were developed. A framework document based on Bangladesh as a Case Study was developed to facilitate the member countries in preparing national Gender Action Plan (GAP).


8.           Through participation of about 200 scientists/researchers, technologists/engineers, academics, GO/ NGO/industry representatives, entrepreneurs, traders, associations etc. an international R&D seminar was organised by IJSG and CFC. About 50 presentations (40 oral/10 posters) were made by 45 resource persons from 10 different countries (Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands Pakistan, Poland, UK, USA). This has strengthened R&D collaboration in different fields of JAF crops and products throughout the world. 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 have also been identified through this event. Some key priority areas for immediate R&D intervention towards commercial uptake has also been identified through this seminar.


9.           Celebration of International days like World Environment Day by the IJSG Secretariat has made significant impact on the target groups / participants (about 200), mainly the students of all levels from 70 academic institutions in creating awareness about the beneficial effects of jute and its use as an environmentally friendly, renewable and biodegradable natural fibre and popularising its products.


10.      Altogether 60 participants (30 in Dhaka and 30 in Chennai) received exclusive 10-days training in jute fabric based bag making from the internationally reputed professional trainers of NCDPD, Delhi. The trainings met the 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/market so as to promote exports of jute bags. More than 100 latest bag layouts have been supplied to the trainees so as to enable them to create more than 500 designs and products in future. Many designers and even some owners of enterprises received these trainings and could further develop their skill in designing and developing new innovative jute bags.


11.      The 7-days training programme, the JDP design and product development training, has educated the participants and 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 National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India 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.


12.      A training programme of one month for 30 rural women of a village Shimpur, Comilla has been conducted jointly by IJSG/ CIRDAP. 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, 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.)


13.      About 100 technical personnel of Bangladesh and Pakistan jute industry were provided with short term but effective skill development training on different technical aspects to meet the dearth of skilled manpower of the industry.


14.      The International Conference on Application and Commercialization of the Natural Fibres Composites in Automobiles and Infrastructure Sectors held in New Delhi, India on August 7, 2012. The conference included 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 NF composites 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. E-proceedings of the conference has also been published by the IJSG and circulated to all concerns.


15.      The Forum on Golden fibre in Green Development at Brussels, Belgium on November 16, 2012 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 buyer- sellers meet. The event actually gathered the jute key players, consumers in a platform to discuss the current issues. The forum was participated 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. 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.


16.      Monthly publication of e-jute matters has accelerated the communication between jute sector and global supply chain actors. Monthly e-newsletter tilted ‘jute matters’ is being published by IJSG since December 2012 for the global awareness of latest interventions, issues and news of jute, kenaf and allied fibre sectors. The publication is being sent to more than 1,000 organizations all over the world. IJSG has been receiving enthusiastic responses from the ‘jute matters’ readers.


The outcome of some projects/ activities have expanded the export market in a systematic way or have helped in retaining the existing markets of jute and jute products and also improved the profile of jute. The export value of some items like particle board, footwear, floor covering has increased manifold.



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