How To Start Jute & Jute Based Products Industry
Second to rice, jute is the world’s most used fibre. Jute is naturally grown in many parts of India including Bihar, Assam, Orissa, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. The Indian Textile Industry mainly depends upon the Indian Jute Industry. In the recent past this traditional industry of India has been facing a downfall because of the competition faced from, once the best part of India’s jute producing area- Bangladesh. This Industry once the largest foreign exchange earner for India. Apart from 4 million cultivators around 200,000 people are given employment opportunities in this industry. In India jute goods are mainly in the form of hessian (fabrics), sacks, carpet backing and carpets. Other fancy products like curtains and handbags are also being produced of late and approximately 1.6mn tonnes a year of these are being produced. In the coming years this industry is expected to grow at a rate somewhere between 1% and 1.3%. Jute is also used in furniture, curtains, upholstery, and dashboards & side panels in cars making its use diverse.
About 200,000 people are making a living in the production of jute. That’s a very big number. Efforts are being made to turn the production of jute into a full-fledged cooperative society function. This will help many under privileged people in earning their living.
India gives birth to about 1.6 million tons of jute goods every year. Mainly, these include various fabrics, carpets and other fancy goods such as handbags and even curtains. The jute industry has been estimated to grow in the coming years, owing to its diverse uses in the manufacturing of upholstery, side panels and even furniture. Denim clothes, which have gained a lot of popularity in the world of fashion, also fall under this category. Also, the paper used in cigarette paper also consists of a little jute. As jute is bio-degradable, ie will naturally decompose without harming the environment, it makes it even more popular in the world where everyone is going exceedingly green. People have started becoming reluctant to use plastic shopping bags, due to the danger they possess to the environment. Jute is an answer to that moral and scientific problem. Indian jute bags are largely exported to the European countries.