In Bangladesh, a national campaign has started in order to increase the production of jute, the country's main export earning crop.
GV PAN: jute plants
SV: man and boy harvesting jute.
SV PAN FROM: cut jute to standing jute.
SV: men carrying piles of jute and dumping them in river (4 shots)
GV: men washing jute in river. (2 shots)
GV: women sorting jute on river bank to dry (2 shots)
GV: jute stacked in field.
SV: jute being sorted, laid on rack, and packed (4 shots)
SV AND CU: Jute carpets in factory. (4 shots)
Jute production in Bangladesh fell rapidly following the civil war and subsequent independence in 1971. Factors that had to be overcome were the damage caused to the jute mills during the war and the fleeing to Pakistan of non-Bengali financiers and members of the managerial class.
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Background: In Bangladesh, a national campaign has started in order to increase the production of jute, the country's main export earning crop. The campaign is aimed at reducing Bangladesh's increasing dependence on foreign aid.
SYNOPSIS: Jute provides Bangladesh with nearly 85 per cent of its export earnings. One hundred and 86 million pounds sterling (325 million dollars US) is earned each year from the crop.
Authorities in Bangladesh are now greatly worried about the continuing fall in jute production. The country is failing to meet its international commitments. At the same time a losing battle is being fought in the world market against the onslaught of synthetic fibres.
However officials are confident that if production is stepped up from an annual harvest of three million bales to seven million, Jute can recapture a major share of the world market.
Farmers are being given a wide range of incentives by the government. Loans are being offered on easy terms and a guarantee has been given of a reasonable price for jute in its raw stage. The government hopes that the new incentives will help lift Bangladesh out of its current recession. Jute carpets and handicrafts are still much in demand in Europe and the United States, but hopes of taking advantage of the market through increased sales have received a setback with this month's devastating floods. The fear is that this year's jute harvest will be greatly reduced.