Bamboo and cane handicrafts trg begins

HAWAI, 25 Feb: The Anjaw KVK launched a skill training programme on bamboo and cane handicrafts here on Thursday. Thirty participants are attending it.

Addressing the programme, Anjaw DC Ayushi Sudan encouraged the participants to take the opportunity to enrich their knowledge, and gave assurance that their manufactured handicrafts would be marketed at the local and the state levels.

Roing Circle NABARD DDM Nitya Mili spoke about NABARD-sponsored schemes related to farmers and farmwomen, and urged the participants to “take the benefits and ensure income and livelihood.”

SBI District Manager B Kaman explained the importance of skill training and obtaining certificates to be able to seek credit from the bank to establish small and medium enterprises.

Master trainers Pranab Dohutia and P Sonowal shared their experiences of skill training and employment opportunities.

The programme was coordinated by Naveen Khoisam, Rebecca Eko and Anjaw KVK scientist KC Gogoi.

India is the second largest grower of bamboo in the world, after China. Though it is the tallest grass on earth, the Indian Forest Act, 1927, prohibits cutting and exporting of bamboo as India imports bamboo, including from Taiwan, according to an AUS release.

With a visible rise in its use, the central government has spent approximately Rs 1,300 crore to promote this natural resource because of its special utility in earthquake-prone regions, especially the Northeast, which falls in Seismic-V earthquake zone.

Bamboo-made houses are also common in the NE because of their safety compared to concrete structures.

Highlighting the GSDP programmes of various disciplines, Environment Deputy Director D Dohu Robin said that there are 69 ENVIS centres all over India. He exhorted the trainees to “collect data on various parameters and develop self-reliant, self-dependency attitude.”

The GSDP of the union environment, forests & climate change ministry targets unemployed youths to skill them to become entrepreneurs to tap the green gold found aplenty in this Himalayan state.

It is a collaborative initiative of the Arunachal ENVIS and the AUS. The 2 ?bsp;month GSDP, with Porag Gohain as resource person, intends to make each trainee employable.

Among others, AUS faculty members and students, ENVIS Programme Officer Dohu James and Information Officer Tanu Siram attended the inaugural programme.