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Grab int’l market for jute: PM

Sheikh Hasina inaugurates 2-day jute product fair
UNB, Dhaka
Grab int’l market for jute: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the function of the National Jute Day-2019 and Diversified Jute Products Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital yesterday. BSS Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday laid emphasis on branding the jute products as environment-friendly ones throughout the world to grab markets for earning greater amount of foreign currencies from the country's jute sector.

"We'll have to spread jute products throughout the world branding those as environment-friendly ones. If we can do that, we'll get a larger market (for jute products) and can earn more foreign currencies," she said.

The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the National Jute Day-2019 programme and inaugurating a two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.

Sheikh Hasina urged all concerned to take necessary steps for making the jute sector profitable.

"Jute is such a produce, nothing of which is wasted. So, why'll it incur losses? I don't want to hear (the news of) losses. Attention is needed for making it profitable," she said.

The Prime Minister said the jute products will get incentives both as an agricultural produce and industrial product.

"We'll definitely make it (jute sector) profitable through diversifying the jute products. I believe it," she said urging all concerned to assessing the local demand of jute products alongside exporting these.

She said the Export Policy 2018-2021 has already been declared. "It'll have to concentrate on further increasing the export of jute goods," she added.

Hasina said many products, including 'Sonali Bags', are now being produced from jute which is called gold fibre.

The Sonali Bag has created huge prospects for the country's jute sector, the Prime Minister said.

She stressed the need for exploring markets through studying the demand of jute products across the world.

The Prime Minister said jute has a good prospect as people are now aware about the environment. "This environmental awareness has created a good prospect for our environment-friendly jute products."

Jute is an agricultural produce and it is also an industrial product at the same time, which is an environment-friendly one. "So, there's a huge prospect for the country's jute sector."

The Prime Minister said the government has been supporting research on jute and providing incentives to the sector for utilising everything of jute.

She said once the jute sector had been ignored by subsequent governments after 1975, but her government gave importance to the development of the sector again. "Returning to power, our government made efforts to further development of jute as cash corps through its multipurpose usages by boosting its production protecting it,” she said. Sheikh Hasina urged the private sector and entrepreneurs to come up with more investment in the jute sector to boost the production and export of the environment-friendly jute products so that Bangladesh could earn lager foreign currencies from the sector.

She said the government will provide incentives to the private entrepreneurs in the jute sector like other sectors.

The Ministry of Textiles and Jute organised the function with Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi in the chair.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Textiles and Jute MirzaAzam spoke on the occasion as a special guest.

At the function, the Prime Minister handed over National Jute Award among 14 individuals and organisations under 14 categories for their contributions to the jute sector development.

The 14 categories include best jute grower, best jute seed producer, best raw jute exporter, best jute product producer government jute mill, best jute product producer private jute mill, best multi-jute exporter private jute mill, best jute product exporter private mill, best multi-jute product exporter private mill, best multipurpose jute products producer entrepreneur and best multipurpose jute products producer female entrepreneur.

Later, the Prime Minister visited different stalls of the fair.

Some 280 kinds of jute products are being displayed at the two-day fair.   

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday  sought cooperation from all, irrespective of their party affiliation and opinion, in establishing Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country in the world.

“We want to establish Bangladesh as a country of developed and prosperous one in the world by ensuring the economic emancipation of people and free the country from hunger, poverty and the curse of illiteracy. For that I want cooperation from all, irrespective of their party affiliation and views,’ she said.

The Prime Minister said this while responding to a tabled question from ruling party MP Mohammad Shahiduzzaman (Meherpur-2) in Parliament during the PM’s question-answer session.

In the eyes of the government all people, irrespective of their party affiliation and opinion, are equal, she said adding, “We’ll work for all.”

Hasina mentioned that Awami League does not believe in the politics of vendetta. “We believe in equality, brotherhood and unity. That’s why we called for national unity on various occasions.”

During her address to the nation on January 25, the Prime Minister said, she underscored the need for national unity.

Hasina said Awami League as the believer of constitutional and democratic system always relies on the united power of people. “The participation of all citizens is needed for the overall development and advancement of a country.”

As an individual, one can be involved with any party or organisation and there can be difference of opinion, she said.

“It’s natural in the democratic system, but sometimes it was seen that there had been evil attempts to vanish the opponents.”

Hasina mentioned about the assassination of the Father of the Nation along with other family members in 1975 and said AL leaders and activists were repeatedly made victims of political vendetta.

She also referred to the killing attempts made on her at different times, including the August 21, 2004 grenade attack that left 22 AL leaders and activists killed and many injured.

While responding to another question from ruling party MP M Shahiduzzaman Sarker (Naogaon-2), Hasina said the anti-adulteration drive will continue till the standard of food comes to the desired level.

To ensure safe food, she said, the anti-adulteration drive is being intensified while the executive magistrates are conducting the mobile court regularly.

To check the transfer of adulterated food items, check-posts have been set up at different parts of roads and highways across the country.

Replying to another question from M Rustam Ali Farazi (Pirojpur-3), Hasina said steps will be taken to provide facilities of modern city in every village through constructing developed roads, communications, supplying drinking water, modern healthcare, quality education, developed sanitation and wastage management, increasing the power and fuel supply, high-speed internet and expanding the market of consumer items.

To increase the power and fuel supply and make it dependable, the government will encourage and give assistance for setting up group-based biogas plants and solar panel, the Prime Minister told the House.

“Our main target is to remove all sort of inequality. Through rural development the imparity between the rural and urban will be moved,” she said.

 

 

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