Research and development by reputed organizations in India, have
led to the strengthening of the natural attributes of jute. With
technological support coupled with government's developmental
efforts, the golden fiber, today, has entered into a varied range of
applications generating employment, contributing to sustainable
human development and leading to a cleaner and healthier
Intensive R & D efforts through various research institutes
mainly funded by Government of India have resulted in remarkable
breakthrough in product diversification. Prominent Products are:
- Hydro carbon-free Jute Products for packing food grade
products like cocoa, coffee, shelled nuts etc.
- Major R & D works in DREF Spinning System.
- Production of jute blended yarns with jute as the major
component-using Jute/Viscose, Jute/Acrylic, and
Jute/Cotton--jute content varying from 60 to 70% by weight. Such
yarns suitable for blankets, shawls, pullovers and as also thick
- Production of fine blended yarns using Jute/Cotton,
Jute/Silk, Jute/Wool etc. for apparel use Jute Content is
Jute based fabrics used particularly in areas of furnishing,
upholstery, carpets, blankets and other home textiles. R & D
Institutions have developed Jute Reinforced Composites in the form
of flexible, semi rigid sheet and rigid board to substitute wood,
timber, and plywood.
UNDP jute program has also facilitated diversification of jute
sector by developing new technology, promotion of employment
opportunities by encouraging new entrepreneurs to set up production
units and development of indigenous machine manufacturing sector.
Some of the on-going projects are use of jute for paper production;
jute based needle-punched carpets, development of multi-component
yarn from wool, jute and other fibers for floor coverings blankets
In order to enable jute-based products to make successful inroad
into the textiles sector, jute has been largely experimented with.
In view of challenge faced from cheaper prices of synthetic
substitutes, more thrust has been given on diversification of jute
Major thrust areas of value-added diversified jute products include
Jute Handlooms and Handicrafts, Non-woven and Industrial
Application, Jute Rigid Packaging, Decorative products and Geo-Jute