Environmentally friendly jute and the role of NJB

Jute craft is one of India’s most unique crafts. Long before the invention of polymeric fibres, natural fibres were spun to make yarns and yarns were woven to make cloth, ropes and similar products. Jute fibres derived from the plant of the same name were in the initial stages used to manufacture sackcloth and hessian principally. Over the years, with the advancement of technology, versatility of jute fibres has been discovered.

Jute fibres are now being used not only for making sacks, but for sophisticated textile products for diverse end-uses also. It is a fascinating journey of jute stamping it as one of the oldest surviving agro-industries of the world.
Jute has traditionally been used for packaging, specially sacks. However, the fabric has shown its sheer versatility in modern times, with a range of unique physical attributes that have opened up new avenues for diversification, especially in the light of global concerns for the environment.

Jute Geotextiles (JGT) are one aspect of Jute diversification which has proved to be highly effective in addressing soil-related problems in the field of civil engineering. When they are put to the test, JGT are very similar in function to the man-made synthetic Geotextiles – which are made from various petro-chemical derivatives. Like synthetic Geotextiles, Jute is used in separation, filtration, drainage and initial reinforcement. Around the world JGT has been lauded as the most acclaimed natural fabric that provides biotechnical solutions to soil made vulnerable by exposure.

    Vision and mission of National Jute Board

•Making India the leader of jute industries in the world.

•Achieving excellence that will enable the Indian Jute Industry to produce good quality jute goods at economical prices to meet the growing needs of the people, to enable producers of jute products to get access to domestic and international market at competitive price.

•Framing & implementing policies and programmes that promote & facilitate the growth of Jute Sector, both organised and informal, enabling them to face global competition from a position of strength and increase share of the global jute goods export.

•Undertaking various research and development programmes to explore the new and innovative use of jute

National Jute Board

3A Park Plaza, 71 Park Street, Kolkata 700016
Tel.: +91 33 2217 2107/2540, 2226 3438
Fax: +91 33 2217 2456
Email: jute@njbindia.com

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