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Mandatory Packaging in Jute Materials

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Mandatory Packaging in Jute Materials:


Context:

Cabinet approves Extension of Norms for Mandatory Packaging in Jute Materials.

  • Now, 100% of the foodgrains and 20% of the sugar shall be mandatorily packed in diversified jute bags.

Benefits:

Nearly 3.7 lakh workers and several lakh farm families are dependent for their livelihood on the jute sectors.

  • This decision will give an impetus to the diversification of the jute industry.
  • It will also benefit farmers and workers located in the Eastern and North Eastern regions of the country.

Background:

Under the Jute Packaging Materials (Compulsory use in Packing Commodities) Act, 1987, the Government is required to consider and provide for the compulsory use of jute packaging material in the supply and distribution of certain commodities in the interest of production of raw jute and jute packaging material and of persons engaged in the production thereof.

About Jute:

Known as the ‘golden fibre’, jute is one of the longest and most used natural fibre for various textile applications.

  • It thrives in tropical lowland areas with humidity of 60% to 90%. Jute is a rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides.
  • India is the world’s largest producer of raw jute and jute goods.
  • The cultivation of jute in India is mainly confined to the eastern region of the country.
  • The first jute mill was established at Rishra (Bengal – now in West Bengal), on the river Hooghly near Calcutta in the year 1855, by Mr. George Aclend.
  • In 1959, the first power driven weaving factory was set up.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About Jute.
  2. Where is it grown in India?
  3. Climatic conditions.
  4. Top jute producing states.
  5. India’s Jute exports and imports.
  6. Mandatory Jute Packaging.

Mains Link:

Discuss the need for compulsory use of jute packaging material in the supply and distribution of certain commodities.

Sources: PIB.