Kolkata, Feb 28 (PTI) Union minister Smriti Irani has called for an improvement in raw jute quality so that the Indian industry is able to compete with neighbouring Bangladesh. Also Read - Rail Services Between West Bengal, Bangladesh Resume: How Will it Boost Trade, Connectivity?

For the purpose, farmers will have to be given good seeds which would also raise productivity and their income level, the textile minister said at an ICC event here last evening. Also Read - India-Bangladesh Virtual Summit: PM Modi & Sheikh Hasina Restore Trans-border Chilahati-Haldibari Rail Link | All You Need to Know

Irani, who also holds the I&B portfolio, said India was not able to compete with Bangladesh in diversified jute products. Also Read - 49th Vijay Diwas: Twitter Remembers India’s Historic Victory in 1971 War, Salutes Sacrifices of Martyrs

“This is a pressure on the jute industry here and the issues are related to the quality of raw jute. The quality can be improved by using good quality seeds,” she said.

The minister also urged the industry to pay the dues of the labourers. It would make the industry to pick up any amount of government orders it wanted.

Irani also advocated the use of jute in building road infrastructure. PTI dc PR

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