GANGTOK, Feb 27 � Sikkim Industry Minister Neeru Sewa inaugurated a five day-long jute fair, along with capacity building on marketing of jute-diversified product here on Thursday.
The fair is organised by Sikkim Consultancy Centre (SICON) and sponsored by National Jute Board, under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and will conclude on February 28.
Speaking to the media, Sewa said that since long plastic is banned in the State, so jute products is the best alternative as jute is eco-friendly and bio-degradable. Sewa informed that considering the present scenario of jute and its products in the State, it is under progress but needs to be given more emphasis in days to come. She appealed to the people of the State to go for jute as an alternative to plastic bags.
The market promotion officer of National Jute Board, TK Saha informed that today the use of plastic is almost banned all over the nation , and the people are environment conscious as well, so jute was the best alternative natural product to replace plastic.
Saha added that NJB has also set up jute service centres in various parts of the country along with jute raw bank from where the raw material can be availed at the mill price.