Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi today said the use of eco-friendly jute products will make important contributions to the national economy and it will help build a Smart Bangladesh.
"We have been able to accelerate the growth rate in jute sector under the supervision and directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he told at a function marking the National Jute Day at Osmani Memorial auditorium here.
Under the initiative of Textiles and Jute Ministry, the function was arranged to observe the Jute Day and give award for contributions in jute sector, said a press release.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun addressed the function as the chief guest with Golam Dastagir Gazi in the chair.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian joined it as the special guest while Textiles and Jute Secretary Md Abdur Rauf delivered the welcome address.
Golam Dastagir said, "We have to utilize the global demand of jute and jute products in the current age of sustainable development as the product is very much eco-friendly".
He said the government is putting emphasis on both production of jute and jute products.
A total of 11 individuals and institutions were awarded for their contribution to increase the production and export of jute and jute products.
Nine organizations working on jute were also given honor on the occasion.
This year the National Jute Day was celebrated with the theme of "Contribution of Jute Industry - Building the SMART Bangladesh" with an aim of creating interest among farmers in jute cultivation, increasing the use of jute and jute products in domestic and international markets.
Marking the day, the Textiles and Jute Ministry chalked out various programmes, including exhibitions, seminars, meetings and other promotional activities.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)