The government provided permission to 41 organisations to export 277,000 bales of raw jute as a “special measure”. Saikat Chandra Halder, PRO of the textile and jute ministry, informed the media about the decision on Wednesday.
He said these organisations would be allowed to export raw jute against the 251 letters of credit issued before November 3 last year. The government on December 3 last year banned the export of raw jute for an indefinite period to ensure that jute bags were used in the packaging of various goods.
“Following appeals from jute exporters, permission was granted to 41 organisations to export 277,000 bales of raw jute against the 251 letters of credit issued before November 3, 2015,” the directive said.
According to a jute ministry estimate, there is a demand for around 100 million jute bags in the country. Government jute mills supply 40 million bags while the rest come from private jute mills.
According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the country produced 7.5 million bales (1 bale= 182 Kg) of jute during the 2014-15 financial year, which is 65,000 bales more than what it had produced in the previous fiscal.
Due to the low yield of jute, production is likely to drop to 6.5 million bales in the current fiscal, according to farmers and jute traders. Apart from raw jute, Bangladesh also exports jute yarn, jute sacks and various products made from jute. India and Pakistan are the main importers of raw jute. In the 2014-15 fiscal, Bangladesh exported 925,000 bales of raw jute, according to bdnews24.com. -Mithun