Production and Export of Jute



There are 83 composite jute mills in the country. Out of the total 83 jute mills, 64 jute mills are located in West Bengal, 3 each in Bihar and U.P., 7 in Andhra Pradesh, 2 each in Assam and Orissa, 1 each in Tripura and Chhattisgarh.  State-wise data about production and export of jute bags is not readily available and shall be laid on the table of the house in due course of time. However, the details of production and export of jute bags during the last three years in the country is as under:

(Quantity in ‘000 M.Tons)

Year

Production

Export

2009-10

921.6

26.5

2010-11

1076.9

40.6

2011-12

1165.1

81.1

 

                        During the last year, the average price of jute bags has shown a decline with respect to the previous two years when there was a substantial increase over earlier years.  This trend, however, is in sync with the Government price for the jute bags procured through the Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals (DGS&D).  The details are as follows:-

(In Rs. / M. Ton)

Year

Govt. Price (Average)

Market Price (Average)

 

B.Twill

B.Twill

A.Twill (used for sugar packing)

2002-03

23760

22635

22085

2003-04

22636

21966

21452

2004-05

24840

23708

23689

2005-06

29832

28385

27599

2006-07

30014

30507

30077

2007-08

28194

27361

27153

2008-09

32108

32441

31362

2009-10

42,332

41,967

42,162

2010-11

53,193

49,119

49,718

2011-12

49,820

48,989

49,195

 

State participation in supply and distribution of sugar being minimal compared to that infoodgrains like wheat, paddy/rice, Sugar Sector procures its requirement of jute bags from the open market where availability of jute bags has been adequate.  The Government, at the time of determining the percentage of foodgrains and sugar to be packed in jute bags, inter-alia, takes into account the availability of raw jute and the jute bag making capacity of the mills along with the projected demand for packaging of the foodgrains& sugar.  Though, there has been an increase in the prices of jute bags over the years for sugar, it has been generally in sync with the Government price for jute bags procured forfoodgrains.

 

Out of 83 composite jute mills, 6 mills  are under Government of India’s Public Sector Undertaking, 1 mill (Tripura) is under State Government,  2 mills (Assam  Co-op. & New Central) are in the co-operative sector and 74 are privately owned mills. As per the decision of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, out of the six Government jute mills, three are to be modernised.  The process of modernisation has been initiated. The onus of modernisation of private mills is on their respective owners.  However, under the Jute Technology Mission, subsidy is given to the jute mills/jute units for modernisation and upgradation. The upper limit of subsidy is Rs. 3.50 croreper jute mills for the existing units and Rs.4.00crore for mills at North Eastern States and for setting up new units.  As on 31st March, 2012, a subsidy of Rs.57.71 crore has been released against investment for modernisation of Rs.283.06 crore.

 

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry Of Textiles, Smt. PanabaakaLakshmi in a written reply in the Lok  Sabha

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