Govt brings 11 more products under mandatory to use jute bags

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Dhaka, January 24: The government has brought 11 more agricultural products under the purview of its mandatory jute packaging rule in further accelerating domestic use of the natural fiber.
“We will now go for massive awareness campaigns to motivate all to comply with the rule,” said Mosleh Uddin, director general of the Department of Jute (DoJ).
The newly-added commodities are chilli, turmeric, onion, ginger, garlic, pulses, coriander, potato, flour and rice bran, according to a notice issued by the textiles and jute ministry on Monday.
The order comes at a time when the manufacturers of jute goods face antidumping duty imposed by India.
The neighbouring country on January 5 slapped an antidumping duty on the import of jute and jute goods from Bangladesh and Nepal to protect the domestic industry.
For Bangladesh’s jute goods exporters, the duty ranges between $19 and $352 per tone–a measure that is likely to affect shipments of jute products to India.
India accounted for 17 percent of the 8.25 lakh tonnes of jute goods exports registered in fiscal 2015-16, according to data compiled by the DoJ.
The inclusion of the new commodities is expected to create an additional demand for 7.26 lakh bales (1.32 lakh tonnes) of jute a year, according to an estimate by the DoJ.
Bangladesh started enforcing the mandatory packaging rule for six commodities, including rice, wheat and maize, by the end of 2014 to curb the use of environmentally harmful plastic bags.