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The next step for jute

  • Published at 12:02 am February 27th, 2019
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The golden fibre could be playing a much greater role in our export basket

It makes perfect sense for Bangladesh to focus on utilizing the new variety of jute -- which is the product of years of scientific research into making the fibre stronger, finer, and with 20% higher yield potential.

In terms of cultivation, jute is the second-largest fibre crop after cotton, and Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest producer of jute, after India, so the achievement of our scientists in developing this new variety could have a significantly positive impact on our economy.

Kudos to the brilliant minds at Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, who have triggered the expression of a specific gene in jute plants, which gives a boost to the quality and quantity of these plants -- these scientists were at the forefront of sequencing the genome of jute plants back in 2010 and hold several patents as a result.

Make no mistake -- this is a terrific achievement for Bangladesh, and could be the key to getting the most out of jute, which, in spite of being synonymous with Bangladesh, has been neglected in recent years.

The prime minister herself has spoken about how valuable the jute sector can be for Bangladesh, and, as a product, it has the potential to play a pivotal role in transforming us into an economic powerhouse.

The golden fibre could be playing a much greater role in our export basket, which is currently dominated by RMG, and to a lesser extent, ICT.

Few things are quite as Bangladeshi as jute; and it is time we fully owned it, and embraced the scientific advancements that will help us move forward.