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What is Jute?

Jute is an annual crop indigenous to Bengal where it has been farmed for generations and is believed to get a mention in the Bible as "Mallows" in Job 30:4. 

The plant is sown between mid-March and May and grows to around four metres in height.  During its growth, the jute plant ingests huge quantities of CO2 - around three times as much as the average tree over the same period. Harvest takes place between July and October whilst the plant is flowering and the jute fibres are extracted from the stalks by soaking in water before being processed into fabric in the jute mills of Kolkata.

Best quality jute is woven into textiles and the coarser grades are used for rope manufacture and paper production.  Being a natural product, it is completely bio-degradable.

Attempts were made to grow jute in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi during the late nineteenth century with little success.  Attempts to grow jute in Egypt and Algeria were met with similar failure.  Jute is successfully grown in China, however.

After two hundred years of production, jute continues to be a major export for India and provides a source of income for millions.