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The golden fibre keeps on giving

  • Published at 12:01 am September 8th, 2019
web-Products made from jute, hogla leaves providing employment for Rajbari rural  women
Photo: Dhaka Tribune

Years of scientific research has made the golden fibre stronger, finer, and with at least 20% higher yield potential

For years, experts have been on the opinion that jute has the potentially to truly transform Bangladesh’s export basket.

The second-largest fibre crop after cotton in terms of cultivation, Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest producer of jute after India -- and we should be doing a lot more to promote it in our mainstream industry.

Years of scientific research has made the golden fibre stronger, finer, and with at least 20% higher yield potential, which means, at this point, jute-based products are as ready for mass-adoption as they will ever be.

And nowhere is that fact more evident than in the story of Md Abu Noman Shaikat, who has been building bicycles made out of jute fibre which are, according to him, much more environment-friendly than those made out of the traditional aluminium but offers comparable levels of structural integrity.

The fact that one person can build vehicles out of jute shows just how multi-faceted the fibre is. 

There is no mistaking it -- the jute industry is already very important to our economy. And while our RMG industry has been the engine of our economy for quite some time, the need to diversify our export basket has never been greater, and the answer could well lie in tapping into the possibilities of jute.

Global consumers are becoming more and more conscious of the environmental impact of their purchases, so there is no reason that jute cannot become the next big trend in sustainability.

The golden fibre is synonymous with Bangladesh, and it is high time we helped unleash its potential in the global economy.