Jute has been playing a significant role in our national economy. When we think about the jute, the thoughts that immediately come to mind are that jute plays a crucial role in promoting the culture of Bangladesh, the immense possibilities of this sector, and the millions of people that are involved in this field.
Jute is a versatile, environment-friendly, ligno-cellulogic, phonemic bast fibre. It is commercially produced from Corchorus capsularis L. and Corchorus olitorius L. It is also biodegradable and does not create any adverse effect on the ecosystem; rather it maintains an excellent harmony with the ecosystem.
Based on the potentialities and opportunities, the Ministry of Textiles & Jute established a Centre for promoting diversification of jute, with the proposal and resolution undertaken in an International Forum for diversification of jute uses, organized in collaboration with the then IJO, UNDP, European Union and FBCCI. Consequently Jute Diversification Promotion Centre (JDPC) was established in 2002 for five years. Now JDPC Project is carrying out phase III which has been started on January 01, 2013.
A 20-member Steering Committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh works as the Governing Body of the Centre and Executive Director, JDPC acts as the Member-Secretary of the Committee. The Steering Committee determines the sources of finance and approves the annual budget and work plan of the Centre. The Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of Bangladesh guides, supports, and monitors activities of the Centre.
The head office of the project is located at Dhaka in the former premises of the International Jute Study Group. There are 6 sub-offices in the name of JUTE ENTREPRENEURS SERVICES CENTRE (JESC). JESC´s are (i) Dhaka (ii) Narsigndi (iii) Rangpur (iv) Jessore (v) Chittagong (vi) Tangail and (vii) Jamalpur.