Panel Discussion on Natural Fibre based Diversified Products

2nd April, 2016, Kolkata

ICAR-National Research Institute on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology(ICAR-NIRJAFT), Kolkata organized a Panel Discussion on “Natural Fibre based Diversified Products-Imperatives for Growth” in collaboration withThe Indian Natural Fibre Society (TINFS), Kolkata at ICAR-NIRJAFT today.

Panel Discussion on Natural Fibre based Diversified ProductsPanel Discussion on Natural Fibre based Diversified Products

Shri Chhabilendra Roul, IAS, Additional Secretary, DARE and Secretary, ICAR chaired the proceedings and delivered a lecture on sustainability of jute diversified products (JDP) with special attention on paper and pulp sector, geo-textiles and composites.

Dr. Sabu Thomas, Nanotechnology Expert from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala discussed on the use of natural fibres in composites and immense potential of natural fibre derived nanocellulose in composites for frontier applications.

Panelists Shri Arvind Kumar M, Secretary, National Jute Board, Ministry of Textiles, GOI and Shri O.P. Prahaladka, Director & National Convenor (ER), Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts deliberated on various issues like agrotextiles, geo-textiles, quality jute products for diversified sector, long term training instead of short term training for capacity building, new entrepreneur development and industry-trade-institute joint actions to overcome the constraints in this sector.

Dr. Debanjan Sur, Member-RAC, ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata acted as a moderator of the Panel discussion.

Earlier, Dr D Nag, Director, ICAR-NIRJAFT and President, TINFS, Kolkata emphasized economic importance of Jute diversified products and highlighted the role of NIRJAFT technologies in development of this sector.

About 130 participants from ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata ICAR-Central Research Institute on Jute & Allied Fibre, Barrackpore; Government College of Engineering & Textile Technology, Serampore; Department of Jute & Fibre Technology, Calcutta University; National Jute Board, GOI and members of TINFS participated in this panel discussion.

(Source: ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata)