Shortage of good seeds is the major barrier to producing good quality of jute in Bangladesh, speakers told a seminar yesterday.
It is not possible to produce good jute products without quality plants, so it's the government responsibility to take initiatives for developing good seeds first, they opined.
Care Bangladesh organised the programme in the capital's The Daily Star Centre to present a study on “Promotion Sustainable Consumption and Production of Jute Diversified Products”.
The speakers said around 4,500 tonnes of seeds are required every year in the country, but only 1,200 tonnes are available.
The rest of the seeds come from India through illegal ways that are not of good quality, they said.
The study conducted by Independent consultant G-Mark consulting firm under the Switch Asia Jute Value Chain project, funded by the European Union.
The project has helped 16,000 jute growers improve their production skill and sustainable market linkage and 2,000 jute diversified product (JDP) workers by turning them into income generating people through skill development in production, according to the study.
The study shows that both the jute production and jute diversified product are environment friendly.
Jute diversified product workers shall be trained on business management, including quality control, they said.