INTRODUCTION: Bangladesh is heading for a bumper jute crop, and is hoping to break all records this year with an income of nearly 600 million U.S. dollars.
SV ZOOM IN PAN ON Jute cutters
SV Jute cutter up to his waist in water and other cutters (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Jute on boat (2 shots)
GV PAN Jute hanging on bridge to dry
GV ZOOM IN TO SCU Men bundling jute
SV PAN DOWN Entrance to jute factory
GV ZOOM IN TO SV PAN Jute bails on trolleys
Background: INTRODUCTION: Bangladesh is heading for a bumper jute crop, and is hoping to break all records this year with an income of nearly 600 million U.S. dollars. Jute is the mainstay of Bangladesh's economy, and she already supplies more than three-quarters of the world's needs.
SYNOPSIS: Bangladesh has been steadily increasing investment in its jute, particularly in recent years. International aid last year amounted to 1 1/2 billion dollars, and much of this money was used to improve jute production. President Rahman said his country could not rely indefinitely on handouts, and had to generate its own resources. So Bangladesh concentrated not just on growing more jute, but also on improved marketing techniques.
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Earnings in the first quarter of the current year have jumped by nearly 20 million dollars, now that Bangladesh's jute is reaching wider markets. For decades, Britain has been the major customer, but used jute mainly for making sacks. Now, after extensive research, Bangladesh has shown that jute is an ideal fibre for making carpets, clothes and many other goods. The result is that Bangladesh is now selling twice as much jute to the United States and the Middle East as it does to Britain. Appropriately enough, jute is known in Bangladesh as the 'golden fibre'.
But Bangladesh still needs and improvement. Although jute provides 90% of her much needed foreign exchange, many of the five million workers involved in the industry still live below the poverty line.