The Use of Jute in Agriculture

Economic recessions, constant modifications in technology and climatic changes due to rapid global warming have led people to adopt to more environmentally friendly and less costly resources needed to carry out agri-business activities at both large scale and small scale levels. Jute also known as the golden fibre is a timeless natural material that can withstand the effects of climate change.  Jute is a plant that belongs to the Corchorus species. Its softness and shine allows it to be spun into coarse strong threads used to make jute bags and ropes. It is considered one of the cheapest and strongest of all natural fibres and Zimbabwe is in the top 10 of countries producing jute in the world. As such, Propak Hessian (Pvt) Ltd is proudly located in a country leading in the production of the natural, eco-friendly fibre. As an agro packaging company we provide jute that is used for multiple purposes in the agricultural industry. The uses include: burlap bags to store your grain, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, plant bags, sand bags and tobacco packaging.

Jute’s single largest use is in the making of sacks and bags, with the finer quality being called burlap or hessian. Hessian bags are used to ship and store grain, fruits and vegetables, flour, sugar, animal feeds and other agricultural commodities. At Propak our jute bags are mainly used to pack agricultural products such as rice, wheat, sugar, coffee, cocoa, potatoes, onions, peanuts, black pepper, seeds and cotton. More so, jute is a versatile textile that is also used to package poultry and cattle feed as well as cement and fertilizer.

Due to its biodegradable and water absorption properties, jute is used in cultivation especially when planting trees and seedlings for transplanting. It is more eco-friendly to plant trees for resale in jute as compared to plastic containers because 1. Plastic containers are not biodegradable hence less environmental friendly and 2. Jute is relatively cheaper and you can plant your tree wrapped in jute because it’s degradable and also helps retain moisture & nutrients important for the growth of your plant.

Additionally, the fibre is used for matting, in this case the fibre is woven into a mat that is used to hold seeds intact and to stabilise slopes. It allows plants and natural vegetation to grow while keeping the soil in place. The matting is biodegradable and can last between 1 to 2 years combatting erosion and allowing natural vegetation to become established. For this purpose, jute is an essential natural and decomposable fibre.

Jute is also known for the further production of hessian a well-known fabric that is also versatile and commonly used in packaging agricultural products such as tobacco, grain, fruits, vegetables, flour, sugar and animal feeds. The material can be bought at Propak stores for other uses that include animal shed construction, storage of manure and weed control.  The attributes inherent in jute material help maintain farm produce in its fresh state for long periods of time.

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