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Jute is a vegetable fiber that comes from the outer skin of a root that looks like a plant. In fact it is called jute plant, and is one of the most frequently used natural fibers in the world after cotton. In Bangladesh it’s called ¨gold fiber¨ because it’s one of the main sources of income for thousands of farmers.

In the past, jute prices were so low that many farmers had to abandon their farms because the profits made from growing it were lower than the maintenance costs. With the help and support of CORR – The Jute Works, the farmers have recovered and now their market is strong and stable.

The most salient features of jute are its silky luster, its great resistance and its rigidity. Sweet jute is used as a vegetable: its flavor is similar to that of spinach and its texture to that of asparagus. Bitter jute is known for its medicinal properties. Moreover, its fibers have multiple uses: dresses, luxurious bags, rugs, etc.

Farmers cultivate the land from March to April and harvest takes place in September. Once cut, the plants are bundled and grouped in blocks that are then wet with water. After 15 days, when they have rotted, the fiber is removed, washed and sun-dried.

In Bangladesh many poor women in rural areas survive thanks to their work with jute. The lives of approximately 25 million people in Bangladesh depend on activities economically related to jute. This sector provides over 10% of the total employment, and more than 20% of income from exports.

In addition, jute is beneficial for the environment as it is biodegradable, recyclable and can be used as a possible substitute for plastic.
Its uses as a material for the home, paper pulp, and geo-textile are some of the new areas of research that suggest possibilities of techno-economical development.

This English translation has been possible thanks to the project: Free translation of websites for NGOs and non-profit-making organizations. A project managed by Mondo Services. Translator: Leigh Siderhurst

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