22 September 2004

Greater cooperation among jute-producing countries suggested

Experts at a meeting called for increased cooperation among the jute-producing countries to improve the quality of jute seeds and reach them to farmers in time.

They also called on the private seed producers to come forward as the government agencies entrusted with the production, supply and distribution of certified seeds have limitations.

The meeting on ‘Present Jute/Kenaf Seed Situation’ was held at the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) secretariat in the city on September 16. Jute experts from Bangladesh and India attended the meeting.

The experts emphasised the need for developing a mechanism to control access of inferior seeds to the market and recommended simplifying the procedure for seed import and export.

They also underscored the need for dialogue between Bangladesh and India to improve quality of jute.

Production, supply and distribution of certified and labelled seeds should follow strict protocol and a certification system must be established at appropriate levels, the experts said.

(Vgl. Meldung vom 2004-02-11.)

Source: The Daily Star Sept. 21, 2004.

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