Sixty-three jute mills in Bangladesh remained inoperative, textiles and jute minister Golam Dastagir Gazi told the Parliament on Tuesday.
Of them, 56 are privately owned. Currently, there are 281 private jute mills and 33 state-owned mills in Bangladesh, according to the minister.
Seven state-owned jute mills also remain closed, he said, replying to a question from treasury bench member of parliament Tanveer Imam of Sirajganj 4 constituency.
Gazi also said that the number of mills under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation was 27 in July 2018. The number increased to 33 after the government took back ownership of six mills.
These six mills and another remained inoperative due to legal complications, he added.
Replying to another question from Awami League MP Md Abdul Aziz of Sirajganj 3 constituency, the minister said that jute was cultivated on 6,18,632 hectares of lands in the last fiscal year.