Eco-friendly method turns raw biomass into high value chemicals
Kolkata, Jan 1 : An international team of researchers, including from India and Bangladesh, has developed a cost-effective method of converting non-edible agricultural biomass, such as jute, or the waste by-product from food crops, into "Xylose and Arabinose are healthy, five-carbon, low glycemic index sugars. Used in food products, these five-carbon sugars can play an important role in the management of blood glucose and insulin levels related to sucrose intake," Wu said.
In addition, furfural is one of the leading value-added chemicals produced from biomass because of the variety of uses it can be put to. Furfural and its derivatives have been widely applied as fungicides, pesticides, drugs and bioplastics, flavour enhancers.
"We foresee a significant economic improvement of these developing countries would happen if green bio-industries are developed for utilisingthese crop waste and turning it into a valuable product by using our discovery," said Tofazzal Islam, one of the co-authors and collaborators of this research from the Department of Biotechnology of Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman Agricultural University in Bangladesh.[for details see https://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-307712.html]
PLASTIC GETS A JUTE ANSWER
Ahmedabad Mirror | Updated: Dec 1, 2017, 02.00 AM IST
Sharing the common concern for environment, National Institute of Design in association with dairy cooperative Amul decided to curb the menace caused by plastic carry bags. As a part of her graduation project, Jharkhand-based Shanvi Gupta designed eco-friendly takeaway jute bags for GCMMF outlets. The first lot of 10,000 bags have already been manufactured by vendors and will be available in the city in next 15 days. Five such bags were launched on NID campus on Thursday noon in the presence of NID director Pradyumna Vyas, GCMMF managing director RS Sodhi, National Jute Board Secretary Arvind Kumar among others. [for full report see<http://ahmedabadmirror. indiatimes.com/entertainment/ hip-n-hap/plastic-gets-a-jute- answer/articleshow/61870397. cms>]
Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani Hon'ble Union Textiles Minister holding a joint meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India Sri.Radha Mohan Singh on 22 March 2017 to discuss issues related to jute Cultivation, Production and Quality Improvement at Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi. The success and widespread acceptance by the farming community of the Jute ICARE program of National Jute Board (NJB) was also highlighted during the meeting.
Now State Procurement Agencies can buy Jute Bags online from industry
New Delhi, Dec 26 (KNN) Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani has launched ‘JUTE-SMART' an online portal to facilitate purchase of Jute bags from the Jute Industry by the State Procurement Agencies.
She also launched Dashboard for Integrated Skill Development Scheme hosted on the NIC Cloud with access to public along with Bunkar Mitra – a Helpline for handholding of Handloom weavers.
Jute-Smart, an e-Governance Initiative is a Smart Tool for Procurement of B-Twill Sacking.
JUTE-SMART seeks to provide an integrated platform for use by all the stakeholders to allow easy access to information, more transparency and ease of doing business for the jute sector.
B-Twill Supply Management & Requisition Tool, in short, JUTE-SMART is a web based application developed to facilitate end to end transactions relating to procurement of B-Twill sacking.
Annually about Rs. 5500 crore worth of jute sacking is procured through support by the Government of India to support the Indian jute workers and farmers.
NJB moves mill-workers use mobile Apps
NJB holding camp on ease of cash-less transaction using UPI application and other
mobile enabled possibilities. This one organised at Budge-Budge Jute mill where
officers of different mills are being trained with the assistance of Bank officials.
Officers will in turn help jute mill workers use the mobile application for their
day-today monetary transactions. NJB is holding such workshops at other regions
also inolving different jute mills so as to cover all jute mills in West Bengal.
Vigilance Awareness Workshop on Tendering process held at NJB. Deliberated and moderated by Sri. PK Sahu, Chief Marketing Officer NJB.
Pledge taking ceremony on 'Vigilance Awareness' and 'National Integrity' as this board observes the week long program
Fabulous response to 'Colours of Independence' celebrations of NJB at Kolkata & Chennai Aug 9-14,2016. Compliments to CMO PK Sahu and his team under leadership of Secretary Arvind Kumar - T. Ayyappan at Chennai and at Kolkata Partho Basu & Sanju Narayan Bose at Victoria Memorial Hall and Hirak Ghosh, Prasanta Bhattacharyya & Arup Jana at Metro Plaza Mall.
NJB at the Rajbhasha Samaroh at CGCRI, Kolkata on 11 August, 2016. Speaking on dias His Excellency Sri Kesri Nath Tripathi Honorable Governor of West Bengal.
Dissemination workshop on study of Socio Economic Condition of Mill Workers (on 8th August 2016 at Kolkata )
Cabinet discontinues services of DGS&D in jute bag Procurement
Jute cultivation on the rise in Srikakulam
THE HANS INDIA | May 25,2016 , 01:48 PM IST
Srikakulam: The jute (mesta) crop cultivated area has been increasing in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts for the past three years.
"In the wake of rise in fibre price and availability of quality seeds, farmers are slowly attracting to cultivate jute crop. In 2014, jute crop cultivated area was 4,700 hectares in two districts and it was increased to 5,600 hectares in 2015, this year we are predicting that the crop extent would be increased to 6,700 hectares as farmers have started enquiring about the price of fibre and seeking quality seeds," said Jute Research Centre head scientist J Jagannadham.
"Thirty years ago jute crop was cultivated in 80,000 hectares in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts …cultivated area came down to 3,100 hectares by 2010 and now it was increased due to rise in demand for fibre products," explained assistant director of agronomy wing T Bhavani Shankar.
Rs 5,000 is enough for cultivating jute crop in one acre and one can get 12 quintals fibre from one acre and total income will be Rs 55,200. [read full report http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2016-05-25/Jute-cultivation-on-the-rise-in-Srikakulam/230329]
NJB's active intervention with farmers in different villages in Assam and Cooch Behar under Jute I-Care project held during 07-09 April 2016 on adopting modern practices for Jute farming for better yield and improved quality as experienced in 2015-16. Like in other regions farmers in Assam and Cooch Behar too are very enthusiastic about learning the new methodology as formulated by NJB in association with CRIJAFT and JCI.
National Seminar of Jute Diversification
National Seminar of Jute Diversification was inaugurated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon'ble Union Minister of State Textiles (Independent Charge), and Shri Babul Supriya, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Hon'ble Members of Parliament Shri Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Shri Kamaksha Prasad Tasa, Secretary (Textiles), Ms. Rashmi Varma, Joint Secretary (Jute), Shri A. Madhukumar Reddy, Jute Commissioner Dr. S. Gupta and other dignitaries at Rabindrathirtha, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata on 19th February, 2016.National Seminar of Jute Diversification was inaugurated by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon'ble Union Minister of State Textiles (Independent Charge), and Shri Babul Supriya, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Hon'ble Members of Parliament Shri Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Shri Kamaksha Prasad Tasa, Secretary (Textiles), Ms. Rashmi Varma, Joint Secretary (Jute), Shri A. Madhukumar Reddy, Jute Commissioner Dr. S. Gupta and other dignitaries at Rabindrathirtha, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata on 19th February, 2016.
Pet-Beds made with JUTE
Jjute/wool pet beds are made with safe, natural, hard wearing fibres. Made in Hawke's Bay New Zealand. Seller claims that ‘this wonderful soft Kiwi Wool Pet Bed will keep your pet warm in winter and cool in summer. The unique properties create a micro climate for your pet, keeping his body temperature stable and bed dry and well ventilated to aid circulation and healing and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism & arthritis'.
Reservation for jute packaging to stay
Bihar govt, National Jute Board and IJMA raise awareness on use of Jute Geotextile for roads in state
India's dominance drives out BD from Thai jute-bag market
Textile industry to miss $45-bn export target for this fiscal
The overall textile and garment exports, which also include those of jute, coir and handicrafts, are expected to reach $41 billion in 2014-15, compared with $39.3 billion a year before, mainly on higher shipments of garments, said the executives.
- Utilize unused assets of closed mills, to generate employment by way of setting up like apparel park or textile hub
- NJMC to invite entrepreneurs to run Kinnison, Khardah and RBHM jute mills through licence route
- Heighten focus on diversified products through NJB. He mentioned of the initiative of NJB in training of Women's Self Help Groups, including that of groups of Tiger widows in the Sundarban, technology partnership with reputed R&D institutes such as IIT Kharagpur, National Institute of Design, NITRA and IJIRA.
- Feminine hygiene products and low-cost carry bags are significant developments that have recently been taken up towards commercialization of technology.
- Provision of housing for jute mill workers and steps to boost demand for jute sacking by persuading Government of West Bengal to insist packaging of paddy/rice and of potatoes/ vegetables grown in West Bengal.
How to deal with soil erosion?
Known as Jute Geo-Textile technology, it is pushed by the National Jute Board which is cheaper and much more environment friendly.
According to sources, 170 trial projects are underway in 22 states. The result is encouraging. JGT was used in constructing a seven-km-long road in Tripura among the 170 projects in a very few other states in the country.
Assam is the biggest producer of jute in the country although there are very few jute mills in the state producing simple bags and other materials and yet to start JGT production.
Jute packaging set for more cuts next year
However, at a meeting with representatives of the jute industry recently, senior officials from the Textile Ministry said that next year, the mandated requirement for jute bags for packaging foodgrain will be watered down further, resulting in lower orders for jute mills.
"A meeting was called by the Textiles Secretary recently to review the minimum use of jute bags recommended by the standing advisory committee, as it had received adverse comments from the Ministries of Food, Finance and Fertilisers & Chemicals, which felt it was too high," Indian Jute Manufacturing Association (IJMA) chief Raghavendra Gupta told BusinessLine.
Much to the jute industry's relief, the Textiles Ministry decided to retain the recommendation of 90 per cent minimum jute for foodgrain and 20 per cent for sugar, as recommended by the standing advisory committee for the current season.
"But we were told to reduce our dependence on the Jute Packaging Material Act (JPMA) as it would be diluted more next year," Gupta said.
The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) has sought the Federal Government's support in repackaging of cashew in jute bags.
National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Anga Sotonye, made the request in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He said the jute bags would enhance the packaging and quality of the commodity.
According to him, jute bag is the best packaging material for cashew nuts, but "very expensive".
Anga said farmers had been using polypropylene bag, which is affecting the quality of the nuts because it (poly bag) does not allow air penetration.
"We need the Federal Government's support in subsidizing the procurement of the jute bags. [see full report http://dailyindependentnig.com/]