Bangladesh Jute Research Institute is focusing to produce Eco-friendly Pulp, Viscose From Jute
BJRI Calls To Produce Eco-friendly Pulp, Viscose From Jute
Speakers at a city seminar suggested
production of eco-friendly
pulp and viscose from jute aiming
to grab a significant portion of US$ 16.78
billion global market by 2021.
They said quality fibre and viscose
could also be processed from quality
The observations were made at a
seminar titled "Eco-friendly pulp and
paper processing from jute" organised
by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (DCCI) at the trade body's
Director (technical) of Bangladesh
Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Dr.
Asaduzzaman in his presentation
said, "We can process pulp from jute
and from pulp we can also produce
He said viscose is cheaper than
cotton. "Worldwide production of
cotton has been cut down to seven per
cent with demand of viscose gradually
on the rise."
According to him, "Viscose is
normally produced from wood but
technology gives us an opportunity to
produce viscose from jute pulp too."
The government, he said, will set
up a plant at a cost of Tk 4.51 billion for
producing 30,000 tonnes of viscose
"We need to ensure the revival of
jute through innovation and diversification.
Bangladesh has the potential to
become a major pulp and paper producer
from green jute," said DCCI
president Abul Kasem Khan while
referring to jute as the golden fibre of
He said Bangladesh produces 33 per
cent of the total raw jute while the
country imports 500-600 tonnes of pulp
annually worth $ 600 million.
"We need to set up mills to produce
high quality pulp from green jute which
could meet its entire demand for
producing paper," Mr Khan said.
State minister for textiles and jute
Mirza Azam said the country's jute has
already lost its glory, but the present
government is working hard to bring
back the glory days.
"At present," he said, "we import 90
per cent of jute seeds from India. Our
government has decided to observe
March 06 as the 'National Jute Day' every
year to promote this sector."
The government has also enacted
mandatory jute packaging act in 2010 to
protect the jute sector and thereby
discourage its export, he noted.
Regarding viscose, he said our
importers pay Tk 8-10 billion for
viscose import annually.
The government will establish a
paper mill that will only use jute pulp,
"BJMC has enough land. If private
sector is interested, they can get land
from the BJMC to establish paper or
textile mills that will use pulp and
viscose," he said.
Additional secretary of the
ministry of agriculture Md. Fazle
Wahid Khondaker was of the view
that if Bangladesh produces pulp for
paper and viscose alone, it will help
the country's economy a lot.
Director general of the BJRI Dr.
Manjurul Alam said demand for nonwood
fibre is increasing day by day.
DCCI convenor Rashedul Karim
Munna suggested for diversification
of jute. "Jute bag alone has a world
market of $500 billion," he said, calling
for short, mid and long term strategy
for the development of jute sector.
DCCI senior vice-president
Kamrul Islam, FCA, gave the vote of
thanks while DCCI vice-president
Hossain A Sikder, directors Asif A
Chowdhury, Kh. Rashedul Ahsan, Imran
Ahmed and secretary general AHM
Rezaul Kabir, among others, were