Kolkata,The President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the International Conference on Natural Fibres organized by the National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology today.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that a concerted effort by all stakeholders is necessary to develop the jute sector. Serious attempts have to be made to transform the image of jute products from cheap packaging material to value-added products suitable for diversified end-uses. He stated that the global concern for environment and increasing consumer preference for bio-degradable natural fibre products have opened a window of opportunity for enhanced use of jute. Jute agriculture in general and post-harvest technology in particular needs special attention in terms of technology support and extension activities, he added.
The President said that the International Conference on Natural Fibres, with focus on jute and allied fibres, is a right step forward for an understanding of the potential of these natural fibres. He was sure the forum would address all concerns to ensure greater use of these eco-fibres. The coming-together of different stakeholders associated with natural fibres would help identify the scope and strategy for purposeful utilization of our natural fibre resources, including jute, he added.