Exhibitors successfully drew large number of buyers compared to last year due to innovative designs and diversified products, in addition to discounts and other promotional offers
Manufacturers and exhibitors of jute goods are expecting a significant volume of sales as visitors at the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) is rising gradually since first week of the expo.
Exhibitors successfully drew large number of buyers compared to last year due to innovative designs and diversified products, in addition to discounts and other promotional offers.
While visiting the Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC) pavilion at DITF, this correspondent witnessed large number of customers and visitors engaged in bargaining with salesmen to purchase their preferred products.
Istiaque Ahmed, centre-in-charge of JDPC, said there are 26 stalls in this pavilion, most of which are from outside Dhaka.
“Due to the diversification, designs and prices of the products, traders are getting more responses than previous year”, he said.
“There are also discount facilities which attract the customers”, he added.
“Although I did not think it would be good for sales because of the recently-held national election and prevailing atmosphere, but since the beginning of the fair we have received good response and hopefully the sales volume will surpass its figure from last year”, said Ashiqur Rahman Rumel, coordinator of Karupannya Rangpur Ltd, a producer that also export goods to the European market.
“We have almost 50% discounts for buyers at the fair. We are also offering a “buy one, get one free” package. All of our products are handmade,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zahid Hasan, stall in-charge of Creation Pvt Ltd from Narsingdhi said, “We export our jute bags to European countries, but in Bangladesh jute and jute products are yet to get popularity and it still are treated just as ‘Chat’ and not jute.”
“We hope one day jute will create a special appeal in people’s mind,’’ he added.
Meherunnsa, from Gulshan, bought jute-made curtains and dining table mats from Creative Pvt Ltd’s stall.
Asked why she bought products which are already available outside the fair, she said, “The fair brings products of different designs in a common platform, where the price is also reasonable preferring customers to buy all we want from a single place.”
Another customer, Shainur Akter from Shajahanpur said, “Jute products are echo-friendly and look trendy too. I bought a carpet, a few baskets, as well as some good quality rags from the fair, which are made from jute at reasonable prices.”
Jute products and prices
In the fair, different types of jute products with attractive designs are available. Customers prefer products useful to household dining tables and kitchens, said Kabir Hossain, salesman of Bengal Braided Rugs Ltd, a stall at the JDPC pavilion.
“We have brought jute products of diversified designs at reasonable prices considering taste of the buyers” he added.
Different sizes of printed rags ranges from Tk300-4,500, block printed bag ranges from Tk150-1500, basket and dining mats ranging from Tk800-4500, tissue box prices at Tk550, Panjabi costs Tk800, Sharee costs Tk1800-2000, shoes range from Tk500-1500, curtains at Tk500, doll costing Tk600 are also available in the fair.
Besides these, ornaments and home decor products were also available at the stalls, at prices ranging between Tk150-1000.