India and Pakistan together contain over 96% of the world’s acreage devoted to this crop and produce nearly 97% of the world’s total supply. Two species of Corchorus are involved. The production of fibre has increased from about one million tons at the beginning of the present century to about two million tons today.
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Part II, devoted to Technology, Marketing, Production and Utilization, and containing the bibliography, will appear in the next issue of Economic Botany.
Hereafter referred to as “J.A.R.I.”.