A three-day international jute fair ends in Dhaka on January
29, 2011 Saturday at Bangabandhu International Conference
Centre (BICC). The fair was organised with a view to
promoting diversified jute products made by Bangladesh and
India. International Jute Study Group (IJSG) has organised
the first-ever such fair in association with National Jute
Board (NJB), India & Jute Diversification and Promotion
Centre (JDPC), Bangladesh to promote jute products.
Ten (10) selected exhibitors from Bangladesh and five (5)
from India under the umbrella of JDPC and NJB participated
in the fair to showcase their best-quality jute products.
Bangladeshi exhibitors under JDPC are: Bangladesh Jute Mills
Corporation (BJMC), Suchili Jute Multi Products (BD)
Limited, Creation Private Limited, The Source, Corr – The
Jute Works, Peerless Enterprise, Bengal Braided Rugs
Limited, Union Trading Co. Ltd., Shohag Jute & Handicrafts
and Evan’s Products Pvt. Limited. Md. Tajul Islam, a well
known Tapestry artist of Bangladesh also displayed some of
his work in the exhibition. The Indian exhibitors under NJB
are: Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA),
Birla Corporation Ltd., NSV Export, Pro Jute & Bapu
More than 6,000 people visited the fair in three days.
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 informed that some of their orders are already
Textiles and Jute Secretary Md Ashraful Moqbul inaugurated
the exposition styled International Jute Fair at a ceremony
at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Speaking
as the chief
guest, Ashraful Moqbul said that the biodegradable natural
fibre-jute is not only used in making sacks, but also in
automobile industry. "I was told during a recent overseas
trip that the jute would soon be used in the automobile
industry in a big way. So, jute is coming up again." He also
said. "India and Bangladesh should work together in
popularising uses of jute products."
IJSG Secretary General Bhupendra Singh remarked that the
future of jute and jute products is bright. "But we have to
set target where we want to go and how to achieve our
target". He further said that now a days jute products are a
preferred choice of global consumers due to its
environment-friendly nature. "We have to go for
diversification, more and more" he further added.
Andrew Barnard, first secretary of EU Delegation in
Bangladesh appreciated IJSG’s effort for organizing such an
international fair showcasing best of the innovative jute
products produced in Bangladesh and India. He said that the
jute and jute goods have a huge demand in the EU market as
the products are environment-friendly. He further said that
at least 40 million farmers of Bangladesh would be benefited
directly from this sector and it has a huge prosperity.
Atri Bhattacharya, Secretary of National Jute Board, India,
said that the world's major two jute-producing countries,
India and Bangladesh, should work together to change the
people's perception about the products made up of natural
fibre. "We have to re-brand our products," he added.
JDPC Executive Director Khandaker Mokhlesur Rahman said that
the country's jute-based industries have grown recently,
providing jobs to hundreds of thousands of people. "The
world is increasingly growing conscious about harmful
polythene and other products, and looking at jute products
A fashion show (by Mr. Emdad Hoque) of jute products and
fabrics has also been organized by the IJSG on first two
days (January 27 & 28).