Decision to bring cement under mandatory jute packaging rules

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 09 Aug 2017, 21:44:46
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Decision to bring cement under mandatory jute packaging rules

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The government has taken a decision to add cement to the list of products under the mandatory jute packaging rules aimed at increasing the local use of jute-made bags.

The decision was made recently at an advisory committee meeting, presided over by Imaz Uddin Pramanik, Minister, Ministry of Textiles and Jute (MoTJ).

State Minister Mirza Azam, MoTJ Joint Secretary Nasima Begum, Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank Shitangshu Kumar Sur Chowdhury, representatives from the jute millers and jute goods producers, among others, attended the meeting.

A total of 17 products are at present on the list of mandatory jute packaging law, which covers paddy, rice, wheat, maize, fertiliser, sugar, spices, turmeric, onion, ginger, garlic, coriander, pulses, potato, flour, crude flour (ata) and rice bran oil.

The meeting also decided that the authority would strictly continue mobile court drive against the stakeholders not using jute bags as packaging materials.

Other decisions adopted in the meeting include taking necessary measures to supply jute seeds to the cultivators without cost, providing block account facilities to jute industries and preventing the export of low-quality (not duly processed) raw jute to help increase export earnings and overall development of the sector.

The MoTJ will send letters to the Ministry of Finance and the central bank to constitute a jute development fund worth Tk 100.00 billion with an interest rate of 2.0 per cent, sources in the meeting also said.

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