03/10/2022

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Jute mills cut production owing to mismatch between market price and price ceiling imposed

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Even as raw jute manufacturing is believed to be up by just about 55 for every cent increase this calendar year, jute mills are curtailing manufacturing because of the mismatch amongst the current market charges of raw jute and the cost ceiling imposed on it.

The Jute Commissioner’s office environment had, in September this calendar year, imposed a cost ceiling of ₹6,five hundred a quintal on raw jute trade in order to ensure source of raw substance to the mills at a honest cost. The pricing of the B-twill baggage is also primarily based on this cost ceiling even though the current market charges are presently ruling close to ₹7,a hundred-7,two hundred a quintal. This has designed it unviable to develop jute baggage and resulted in a enormous reduction for mills.

In accordance to Raghav Gupta, Chairman, Indian Jute Mills’ Association (IJMA), raw jute manufacturing in the State is believed to be shut to 85-ninety lakh bales in 2021-22, as in opposition to 55-fifty eight lakh bales in 2020-21. The better manufacturing is on the back of favourable temperature problems and raise in sowing region thanks to the hugely remunerative charges the golden fibre fetched past calendar year. The carryover stock from past calendar year is shut to 3 lakh bales.

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“The prospect of this (new) crop is excellent but then we are remaining with a smaller carryover from past time so the whole availability of raw jute for the field in the time 2021-22 is not at a really comfy place,” Gupta informed BusinessLine.

Selling prices had touched as large as ₹9,000 a quintal in direction of the stop of the past crop time (that is in June this calendar year). Nonetheless, when the new crop started off arriving, charges started to fall and touched close to ₹5,five hundred a quintal. Farmers ended up unwilling to offer at these charges and so ended up holding on to the develop. This pushed up charges.

“When the Jute Commissioner observed charges are on the increase on September 30, he came out with an order and capped it at ₹6,five hundred a quintal. The JC office environment is pricing the B-twill baggage primarily based on this cost irrespective of the truth that whatsoever cost it is remaining traded in the current market. This resulted in a reduction problem for entire field and hence they are curtailing manufacturing,” he said.

It is to be famous that the Commission for Agricultural Expenditures & Selling prices (CACP) in its “Price Coverage for Jute: 2021-22 season” has encouraged a MSP of raw jute (TDN3, equal of TD5) for the time 2021-22 to be set at ₹4,five hundred a quintal. This is an raise of 6.five for every cent in excess of MSP of ₹4,225 a quintal for the past time.

Dilution

The jute sector is also probable to go through thanks to dilution of shut to 4.nine lakh bales of hessian bag orders in favour of plastic materials for foodgrain packaging for the duration of November-December of the ongoing time. This was completed as the millers ended up not in a position to source that amount of packaging substance.

The system for January-Might 2022 is nevertheless not offered. The regular manufacturing is shut to 2.twenty five lakh bales as in opposition to the rabi need of shut to three lakh bales.

Also read: IJMA says raw jute cost ceiling counterproductive

The federal government had lately permitted reservation norms for necessary use of hessian sacks in packaging for the jute calendar year 2021-22. The norms supply for a hundred for every cent reservation of foodgrains and 20 for every cent of sugar to be compulsorily packed in jute baggage.

Nonetheless, the dilution was encouraged by the Standing Advisory Committee on packaging as the field has been facing challenges in escalating manufacturing. In accordance to Manish Poddar, ex-Chairman, IJMA, the field is probable to experience tough periods and might uncover it hard to survive.

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