Four N dists start using semi-automated jute fibre extraction machines

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 20:43:16

Four N dists start using semi-automated jute fibre extraction machines

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, Aug 07: In order to overcome various challenges in the country's jute sector, semi-automated Jute Fibre Extraction Machine 'Ashcall' has been introduced in July this year in four northern districts of Bangladesh.

The districts are Rangpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha.

In this sequence, for mass awareness among the people, a road show was organised on August 07 on the premises of Rangpur RDRS which was followed by a field demonstration at Lalmonirhat.

Ruhul Amin Bhuiyan, additional deputy commissioner (General) of  Rangpur, S M Ashraf Ali, deputy director, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Hasin Jahan, Country Director of Practical Action and Monjusree Shaha, Director (Development Programme), RDRS Bangladesh were, among others, present on the occasion.

It is mentionable here that Practical Action Bangladesh, an NGO is implementing 'Securing employment and economic development around Jute textile and light engineering sector in North-West Bangladesh project', together with RDRS Bangladesh, Karupannya Rangpur, Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Rangpur Zilla Lathe Machine Sromic Union, with the funding support from the European Commission and aims to strengthen the skills and employability of workers, entrepreneurs in the cottage and small enterprises in the Jute and light-engineering sectors in order to enhance their competitiveness in both national and global market

The project expects to improve the quality of jute fibre for producing high quality and diversified jute products and to create demand in both in national and the international market. It is also aiming to ensure a better mechanical Jute fibre extraction along with improved Jute retting process by turning it into less labour-intensive and eco-friendly practice through water saving technology.

The project will contribute to the economic development to one of the most economically deprived parts of the country by enhancing skills and creating jobs for thousands of extreme poor individuals in the jute textile and light engineering related sectors.

To produce quality products, quality jute fibre is required. But, due to traditional fibre collection method, the quality of jute is decreasing. It is also taking toil on time, expense and labour.

To reduce this loss, the automatic jute fibre extraction machine 'Ashcall' has been introduced. The machine can easily separate fibre from jute at a shorter duration. The expense is one-third from the traditional method. The loss is the least in this approach and the quality of the fibre is ensured.

Generally, traditional jute retting requires a large amount of water and space. But, the water requirement for 'Ashcall' extracted fibre is less. The jute sticks get broken which make it easily manageable. Anyone can operate this machine for it is easy approach. If it requires any maintenance, any local mechanic can provide the support. The broken jute sticks can be used as fuel, charcoal and raw material for partex board. The jute stick carbon also help to produce carbon paper, printing toner, fireworks, cosmetics, mobile battery, fertiliser etc. The jute fibre extraction machine has diversified usage. The engine, separated from the machine can be used as energy source for paddy, wheat and corn threshing and irrigation.
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