Jute Packaging Act, 1987

Jute Packaging Act, 1987

News: Recently, the Government of India approved Reservation norms for the mandatory use of jute in the packaging of rice, wheat and sugar for the Year 2022-23.

 The reservation norms under JPM Act provide for direct employment to 3.70 lakh workers and protect the interest of approximately 40 lakh farm families in the jute sector.
 It protects the interest of Jute farmers, workers and persons engaged in jute goods’ production
 The Mandatory norms for full reservation for packaging of food grains and 20% reservation for packaging of sugar in jute bags will be a big boost for West Bengal.

Few Facts about Jute:
 Jute is one of the most important natural fibres after cotton in terms of cultivation and usage
 Climatic conditions required for its growth
 Temperature - Between 25-35°C
 Rainfall - 150-250 cm
 Soil - Well-drained alluvial soil.
 India is the largest producer of jute followed by Bangladesh and China.
 It is mainly grown in eastern India because of the rich alluvial soil of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta. In India, major jute-producing states include West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura

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