Ministry of Textiles11-July, 2014 16:36 IST
Boost to RBHM Katihar Jute Mill, Bihar

To enhance production and cost effectiveness of RBHM, Katihar, National Jute Manufacturers Corporation Ltd. is upgrading its equipment in phases and doing need based repair and renovation of machines. There is also a plan for entering in production linked payment system to the labour contractor for increasing the production. There is no plan for making exportable goods presently.

An amount of Rs 7.87 crores in 2012-13 and Rs 6.04 crores in 2013-14 has been provided to RBHM Mill, Katihar.

Government of India is taking various steps for growth of jute industry in India, including Bihar. Some of these are as under:-

i) In order to encourage jute production, compulsory packaging of certain percentage of foodgrains & Sugar in jute is mandated under Jute Packaging Material (Compulsory use in packaging commodities), 1987.

ii) Government of India launched the Jute Technology Mission (JTM) as a major initiative for overall development of the jute industry and growth of the jute sector with a total outlay of Rs.355.55 crores between 2006-07 to 2012-13.

iii) Minimum Support Price (MSP) for raw jute and mesta is fixed every year to encourage farmers to grow more jute.

iv) National Jute Board and Jute Corporation of India are working on projects with National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology (NIRJAFT) and Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF) to develop better jute seeds and to improve agronomical practices for jute cultivation.

v) Jute Corporation of India distributes high-yielding certified seeds to farmers for increasing productivity.

The information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Textiles Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in Rajya Sabha today.

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