Putting an end to plastic bag use can protect environment from further degradation, speakers said at a programme on Monday.
They said it is high time social awareness be built in favour of the use of jute bags and against the use of plastic bags, reports BSS.
The observation came at a discussion for the compulsory use of jute in packaging products held at the auditorium of Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The district administration in association with the Department of Jute organised the discussion to mark the first National Jute Day 2017.
The discussants underscored the need for large-scale promotion of jute sacks as effective means of revitalising the lost glory of golden jute.
They also emphasised wide-ranging promotion of jute bags instead of polythene bags.
The use of plastic bags by wholesale traders, vegetable vendors and other shops has been growing despite ban on it, its production and storage which is harmful to the environment, observed the speakers.
The government and non-government officials and owners of the paddy, rice and automatic rice mills and businessmen attended the programme. Commissioner of Rajshahi Division Noor-Ur-Rahman addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Deputy Commissioner Kazi Ashraf Uddin in the chair.
Project Head of Rajshahi Jute Mills Ziaul Haque, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md Shalahuddin and Assistant Director of Department of Jute Sirajul Islam, among others, spoke.
In his address, Noor-Ur-Rahman said polythene bags eventually find their ways into drains, canals, rivers, parks and streets harming the environment.
He said mobile courts will launch its operation against the use of plastic bags to enforce the Mandatory Jute Packaging Law 2010.
Taking part in the discussion, traders suggested strict enforcement of the ban on plastic bags, making jute bags handy and cheaper.
Jute goods will not be popular till polythene bags are banished from the market and other selling points, they added.