In order to increase Jute production in country and for the development of jute industry, the Government during the last three years has been implementing various policy initiatives and schemes through National Jute Board (NJB), a statutory body under the Ministry of Textiles.
Major effort to provide banking services to the weaker and unorganised sector was the Bank Self Help Group Linkage Programme that was launched in early 1990s. The programme was started at the initiative of NABARD in 1992 to link the unorganised sector with the formal banking sector.
Jute is agro-renewable, bio-degradable and carbon positive fibre. There is a gradual shift towards use of more and more eco-friendly natural products. The National Jute Board with the primary objective of promoting and developing business of green jute products, especially jute Carry bags as an alternative to plastic carry bags, has formulated the scheme.
NJB with its branch offices will establish collaborative arrangements with the local partners - NGOs, SHG Federations, Institutes, Entrepreneurs throughout the country to develop, train and promote green jute products.
Creating awareness and capacity building workshops in different parts of the country on the use of jute and encouraging small and tiny entrepreneurs to manufacture jute diversified products with a sustainable approach.
Promoting use of jute in more diversified application areas by conducting specific training programmes, organising awareness programmes and through product/design development programmes etc.
The collaborating agencies for operations under the scheme will be selected from Govt. /Semi-Govt. organisations, autonomous bodies, reputed public sector organisations, NGOs, SHG Federations, Institutes, Entrepreneurs having adequate experience in carrying out development activities for promotion of entrepreneurship and industries. These collaborating agencies will act more as facilitators for rendering the backward and forward linkages to existing and potential entrepreneurs.
All activities are to be carried out with proper linkages with the State Governments/lead NGOs/Co-operative Societies/Agencies of the Central and State Government and implemented with the help of the District Collector, PD, DRDA, DIC etc. Linkages will be established with handicrafts and handloom development programmes of the Government for better results.
Supply Outlets for distribution of jute raw material are to be developed for making available jute fibre, fabric and yarn in small quantities as required by the micro-enterprises, crafts persons and artisans at their areas at mill gate prices.
Setting up of outlets in association with the collaborating partners for selling of jute yarn, fibre and other raw materials across the country at reasonable price, preferably mill gate price.
Providing information on applications of jute in various uses and awareness generation.
Supply outlets for raw material are to be opened where JDP activities have taken off and jute based raw materials are not available in the local market. Raw materials and services shall be provided to suit the requirement of small artisans, entrepreneurs, women Self-help groups, weavers and handicraft artisans. Linkages will be established with handicrafts and handloom development programmes of the government for better result.
Market development due to acceptance of jute products in various segments of the domestic and international markets constitute the background for the activities to be undertaken for promotion of JDPs in the decentralized sector. In consonance with the growth of the decentralized JDP sector and the emergence of a varied range of products to cater to different segments of the consumers, a concentrated campaign bundled with existing SOP (Student Outreach Programme) may be launched and carried out on a long term basis. The primary beneficiaries will be small and tiny entrepreneurs of jute diversified products with its spread across the country.
Development of Market Information
Creating awareness of the market and products through seminars and workshops.
Development of entrepreneurs by providing escort services and providing various marketing platforms viz promotion by participation in trade shows, National level fairs, Organization of jute fairs at State/district and village levels.
Brand promotion of jute product (Made of jute, the Indian Natural Fibre).
Focused advertisement campaigning giving thrust on product specific campaigns and highlighting latest developments in jute diversification throughout the year.
Eco-friendliness and carbon positive attribute of jute will be highlighted.
Bundling with the existing Retail Outlet Scheme.
Business generation with sustainable approach.
The key objective of the Jute Design Cell for Shopping Bags and Lifestyle Accessories is to develop newer and innovative products through design and technology intervention for value addition and better market at home and abroad.