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DNFI Opposes Jute Export Ban by Government of Bangladesh

The Ministry of Textiles and Jute of the Government of Bangladesh introduced a “temporary” export ban on jute and meshta effective November 3, 2015. All unshipped export contracts were affected by this measure. On 6 January 2016, the Bangladesh Ministry of Textiles and Jute announced that 277,000 bales (about 50,000 metric tons) of raw jute (and meshta) is exempted from the export ban since contracts covering that quantity were concluded with foreign buyers, and letters of credit had been opened, before November 3. However, contracts for which letters of credit had not been opened prior to the announcement of the ban will not be permitted to be shipped. Industry sources suppose that the ban may remain in force until June 30, 2016, the end of the current jute season.The DNFI strongly opposes all government measures that undermine demand for natural fibres and encourage the substitution of synthetic fibres, for which there are no trade disruptions.

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The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) was started under the patronage of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in January 2010.

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The General Assembly of the United Nations declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) in recognition of the benefits of natural fibre industries to the world economy, the environment, consumers and to producers around the world. One of the specific objectives of the IYNF was to bring allied natural fibre industries together for mutual support in the communication of the importance and benefits of natural fibre industries.

At the conclusion of the IYNF, representatives of 15 natural fibre organizations met in Frankfurt to form the DNFI to continue this important work. The DNFI highlights activities to promote greener and more efficient agricultural techniques for growing natural fibres, efforts to improve life of the poor who are involved in natural fibres and to encourage increased demand for natural fibres.

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33rd International Cotton Conference. 16-18 March 2016, Bremen, Germany. (More information here)

9th International Conference on Bio-Based Materials.  5 – 6 April 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany.

Bio-based Start-up Day. 7 April 2016, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

The 90th Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC 2016). Textiles: Inseparable from the Human Environment, 25-28 April 2016. Poznan, Poland.

Advanced Course on Fibre-based Materials and Products. 13 – 15 June 2016, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. (More information here: flyer)


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