• Friday, May 07, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:36 am

Khulna jute mills suffer from dearth of raw materials

  • Published at 11:00 pm May 9th, 2020
Jute Mills_Khulna
Crescent Jute Mills in Khulna Dhaka Tribune

The mills have a daily target of churning out 272 tons of products

The nine state-owned jute mills in Khulna have been suffering from an insufficient supply of raw jute owing to financial constraints, which has heavily affected the daily production.

These mills have a daily target of churning out 272 tons of products -- mainly sack, hessian, carpet backing cloth and yarn, said Md Boniz Uddin Miah, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation’s (BJMC) liaison officer for Khulna.

But they are managing to produce only 80 tons of products, meaning 35 percent of the target, he added.

The daily production target for Carpeting Jute Mills is 7.68 tons, 70.50 tons for Crescent Jute Mills , 10.11 tons for Daulatpur Jute Mills , 16.34 tons for Eastern Jute Mills , 22.20 tons for Jessore Jute Industries, 47.5 tons for Khalispur Jute Mills, 50.54 tons for Platinum Jute Mills, 36.80 tons for Star Jute Mills, and 10.50 tons for Alim Jute Mills, according to Boniz Uddin.

The mills have been incurring losses day after day as the lack of raw materials has caused a slump in production, said the mill authorities, when this correspondent spoke with them. 

Golam Rabbani, project head of Platinum Jute Mills said they had some raw jute stock with which they could continue production for only one week. "If we cannot buy raw materials, the workers will not be able to work."

Mizanur Rahman, a worker of Platinum Jute Mills, said lack of raw jute could hamper production heavily.

Md Murad Hossain, general secretary of Crescent Jute Mills’ collective bargaining agent, said the delay and financial crisis in purchasing raw jute has been forcing factories to incur more losses.

“This subsequently increases the production cost and hampers smooth running of the mills,’’ he added.

Adding to the mix, the jute mills remained closed for one month due to the coronavirus crisis. After getting government approval, the mills have gone into production recently. But the lack of quality raw jute, due to a transportation crisis brought on by the pandemic, are also hampering the production of quality goods, said mill related sources.

"We could not stock up on quality raw jute as the mills remained shut to stem coronavirus transmission. But, we are trying to purchase jute so that production can continue smoothly," said Roiz Uddin Ahemed, project head of Star Jute Mills.

57
Facebook 55
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail