Jhut or leftover fabric from the garment manufacturing units is reportedly promoting small-scale entrepreneurship, creating job opportunities and also earning valuable foreign currency in Bangladesh.
As per media reports, hundreds of small entrepreneurs in a number of villages in and around Pabna district of Bangladesh have created jobs for around 25,000 to 30,000 people and annually produce 18 crore to 20 crore pieces of garments, mostly T-shirts, worth around Taka 1,200 crore to Taka 1,500 crore from leftover fabric.
What’s more, some are even exporting the end products made of leftover fabrics to earn crucial foreign currency for the country.
“Initially, hosiery manufacturers used to sell their products in the local market. Now the T-shirts are exported to India, Malaysia and Bhutan,” reportedly maintained President of Pabna Hosiery Manufacturers Group Barik Hossain Jony speaking to the media.
As per reports, there are more than 1,000 small and big garment factories in a number of villages in the Pabna district that are successfully making garments out of jhut.
However, despite the opportunity, some entrepreneurs are facing challenge of soft loans, which could further encourage this trend in the country.