Jute industry in Bangladesh


Jute industry in Bangladesh

Why Bangladesh?

  • Bangladesh holds the 2nd position as a Jute producer in the world with the average production of Jute 1.08 m ton/Year.
  • More than 85% of world production of Jute is cultivated in the Ganges Delta & having the major portion of it; Bangladesh became the largest producer of Raw Jute or Jute Fiber in the world. For centuries, Bangladeshi Jute had and still has demand in the international market for higher quality fibers. This fact makes Bangladesh the major exporter (80%+ market share) of Jute Fiber in the world; while India has nominal dominance over export of Raw Jute Fiber.
  • Total average export earnings from jute & jute goods is US$ 611 million (60 lakh bales)/Year
  • Average export value of raw jute is US$ 140 million
  • Capacity: No of factories: 187

Size of the global Jute import Market:

  • The size of the global jute yarn import market is estimated at 4,50,000 tonne , with Bangladeshi spinners accounting for around 80 per cent of the supply.

Recent News/Updates:

  • Earnings from jute and jute product exports hit the billion dollars mark for the first time in the country's history this year.
  • Jute sector is contributing 4.68 percent in export earning last fiscal year and two per cent increase during last two years
  • Govt. targets to double jute production in 2011-12 season
No of factories: 187

What are the new applications?

Jute in Organic Fashion:

  • Fabrics made of jute fibres are carbon-dioxide neutral and naturally decomposable. These properties are also why jute can be used in high performance technical textiles.

Jute as raw material for Paper:

  • A unique combination of long bast and short core fibres along with lower lignin content than some other feedstock of pulp/paper makes jute suitable for a range of paper and cardboard products.

  • The stem of jute/kenaf consists of two fibrous components. The bark (fibrous material) with about 2.5 mm fibre length is suitable for quality paper making and is similar to soft wood fibres (constitutes 25-35% by weight of stem).

  • Paper and packaging materials to be produced from Dhanicha will be less expensive and can be recycled after a life-cycle.

  • The new technology will save valuable bamboo, wood and jute resources of the country which are now being used widely for producing paper pulp destroying the country’s forests and environment.

Jute in Home Textiles:

  • The core of jute (stick/woody portion) with shorter fibre of 0.9 mm length has strength properties similar to hard wood (constitutes 60-65% by weight of stem)

  • Diversified jute products are becoming more and more valuable to the consumer today. Among these are espadrilles, floor coverings, home textiles, high performance technical textiles, Geotextiles, composites, and more.
  • Jute has many advantages as a home textile, either replacing cotton or blending with it. It is a strong, durable, color and light-fast fibre.
  • Its UV protection, sound and heat insulation, low thermal conduction and anti-static properties make it a wise choice in home décor.

Reference: The fiber of my being

What percentage is presently from jute in GDP contribution for Bangladesh?

Agricultures contribution to GDP is 18.64%