Jute-makers blame govt for slump

Say imported materials invading protected domains even as they fail to enter new markets. The domestic jute industry has been unable to shake off its lean patch with slide in all aspects of trade. The industry has struggled in production and despatch, and in exports as well. FLAGGING FORTUNES # Production in the last five years has fallen 23 per cent to 1.3 million tonnes in April -December 2006 from 1.7 million tonnes in 2001 # Jute products have a market of Rs 6,000 crore in the country