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Meghalaya to set up jute industry
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 1(NPN):
Published on 1 Jul. 2010 11:23 PM IST
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In a bid to boost the rural economy, the Meghalaya government has proposes to launch small-scale jute industries in the state, an official said today.
“We have urged the National Jute Board (NJB)under the Ministry of Textiles to take steps to develop such jute industries in the state,” Meghalaya Director of Commerce & Industries D.K. Arengh said.
He said there are plans to state a Jute Park in the Garo Hills especially in Phulbari area of West Garo Hills district.
A.K. Ghosh, the Scheme Manager of National Jute Board said the jute industry has huge potential in Meghalaya.
Initially, he said about two to three projects will be started in cooperation with the Meghalaya government by involving Self Help Groups with proper manufacturing and marketing facilities.
The National Jute Board is undertaking various programmes for promotion of Indian jute, which have resulted in the increase in number of enterprises in the informal sector in recent years.
The employment generation as well as the sales of such products too has registered an increase.
The Indian jute sector is the world’s largest producer of raw jute and jute goods. Jute is an environment friendly fibre, which is a major textile product, a raw material for manufacturing products which even prevents erosion, strengthens road construction.
During the year 2008-09, export performance of Indian jute sector reached the level of Rs. 12,000 million.

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