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Women get self-reliant making handicraft from pineapple leaves

Our Correspondent, Tangail
Women get self-reliant making handicraft from pineapple leaves
Women display handicrafts made of pineapple leaves at a fair in Tangail recently. Independent photo

The traditional role of agriculture—ensuring food security, creating rural jobs and earning foreign exchange through exports—is being diversified in keeping with sustainable development aimed at meeting millennium goals.

Pineapple leaves, once considered as wastes, are playing a big role in changing the face of agriculture and the lives of local women working by making them financially self-reliant.

Vanity bags, ornament boxes, wall mats, tissue boxes, pen pots, hats and ornaments are being made of pineapple leaves in Madhupur upazila of Tangail district.

Local women are actively involved in the production process and they are receiving training for it.

The Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BWCCI) has undertaken a project, funded by the industries ministry and the European Union, in Madhupur.

BURU Bangladesh, an NGO, acts as a partner of the project.

About 500 women are currently being trained in the project area located in Jalchatra under Madhupur upazila.

Here natural fabrics and fibres are being prepared from pineapple wastes. The finished goods are eco-friendly and got good markets at home and abroad.

There is bright prospect of earning foreign currency from these products, said Azad Rahman, manager of the production unit in Madhupur.

Technical Officer Kazi Ali Ahmed, cluster leader Suma Begum and Amena Begum are training the unemployed women in the area.

The trainees collect pineapple leaves from old pineapple orchards. Pineapple is cultivated io an area of about 18,000 acres in Madhupur.

The project manager told The Independent that four unit offices have been established in the country to train 2,000 women at the primary stage. Madhupur, Narsingdi and Gaibandha unit offices are running in full swing. The capacity will be enhanced phase by phase.  

About 1,000 women have received training in the Madhupur unit.

Lipi Begum, a resident of Jalchatra village under Madhupur upazila, said that proper patronisation, exploration of new markets and export to foreign countries, along with a long- term plan, are needed to flourish the trade.

Fine cloth and handicrafts can be produced from pineapple leaves, she added.

Clothes produced from pineapple leaves are being sold for Tk. 1,500–2,000 per metre, Azad Rahman said.

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