1st August, 2014, Kolkata
Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable President of India, inaugurated International Conference on Natural Fibres here today. In his address, while highlighting the importance of jute fibre in the current national and global business scenario, he said the global concern for environment and increasing consumer preference for bio-degradable natural fibre products have opened a window of opportunity for enhanced use of jute. To realize this potential, technical capabilities have to be boosted through greater investment, technological up-gradation, market promotion and facilitatory government role.
Shri Mukherjee expressed his satisfaction over new roles and uses of jute and said jute is gradually making in-roads in some areas of Technical Textiles, including geo-textiles and composites. In the field of construction, geo-textiles have established their merit in combating geo-technical problems. Jute has to find its rightful place in this growing field. For that, we must have the technical and manufacturing wherewithal to make varied geo-jute products that can find good market within the country and abroad.
Shri Kesari Nath Tripathi, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal and Shri Firhad Hakim, Minister-in-Charge, Urban Development and Town and Country Planning & Municipal Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal were also present on the occasion and shared their views on the importance of jute and allied fibres in the economy of the West Bengal.
Earlier, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR welcomed the dignitaries and apprised the importance of organizing this international conference at this juncture when jute has emerged as a fibre crop of global significance.
Dr. Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India, Kolkata; Shri Raghabendra Gupta, Chairman, Indian Jute Mills Association (IJMA), Kolkata and Dr. Debasis Nag, Director, NIRJAFT & President, The Indian Natural Fibre Society were also present on the occasion.
The three-day international conference is being organized by the Indian Natural Fibre Society in collaboration with National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology (NIRJAFT), Kolklata; Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibre (CRIJAF), Barrackpore and National Jute Board (NJB), Kolkata.
A large number of delegates from India and abroad including scientists, officials of Central and State Governments and other related organizations are participating in the event.
Dr. D. Nag proposed the vote of thanks.
(National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibres, Kolkata)