Call to use jute products to combat ecological problems in hilly areas

Products are bio-degradable, eco-friendly and cost-effective

Jute products are ideal alternatives for use-and-throw items made of plastic

Entrepreneurs to get support in the form of marketing and buyer-seller meets

Eco-friendly creations:The Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik (left) going round an exhibition of jute products in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday. - Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Udhagamandalam: The ecological problems plaguing this hilly district can to a significant extent be tackled if alternatives to non-biodegradable products are promoted.

This was emphasized at a one-day awareness workshop on Jute Diversified Products organized by the Jute Service Centre (JSC) and the National Jute Board in association with the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited.

The Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, D.F.Danaraj, said that jute products are ideal alternatives for use-and-throw items made of plastic like carry bags which do considerable harm to the ecology.

Pointing out that jute products are eco-friendly, he said that they are also cost effective.

The Officer-in-charge JSC M.Ramaswamy said that the objective was to select enterprising individuals and groups and impart advanced training in the production of jute products.

He added that the beneficiaries would also be extended support in the form of marketing, exhibitions and buyer-seller meets.

Stating that India is the largest producer of raw jute in the world, he said that it accounts for over forty percent of the world crop.

Pointing out that value-added jute products are in great demand, he said that among them are tapestries, curtains, dress materials and bags.

Jute is also an alternative to harmful petrochemical products.

The jute-based products have been found to be useful in the construction of roads, embankments and in horticulture applications.



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