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Centre for forest-based livelihoods & extension holds meeting
Centre for forest-based livelihoods & extension holds meeting
PHOTO : Delegates visiting Mutha Industries. TIWN

AGARTALA, April 7 (TIWN): A total of 250 differently able people will be given training on handicrafts, agro forestry and allied models across Kanchanpur by MARS SOCIO WELFARE SOCIETY with the support of different agencies in the State.It was decided in a meeting of the Advisory-cum-Review Committee held at the Centre for Forest-based Livelihoods & Extension Complex, Gandhigram here on Sunnday. Pawan Kaushik, Regional Director of CFLE, the Chairman of the 9 Member Committee, which includes DDM, NABARD of Kailashahar, DCF, Atanu Saha and a Professor of Tripura University among its members.

 “Currently people of Kanchanpur, Bamutia and Melaghar are imparted techniques developed by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. The sole aim of the multi-structured community approach is to enhance the scope of livelihood of rural people considering their viable economics”, shared Kaushik.

“The beneficiaries selected from different target groups and communities are being given first-hand training on bamboo propagation, vermicomposting, bamboo clump management and broom grass cultivation. The beneficiaries are also establishing demo plots on agro forestry by incorporating different crops in combinations with broom grass, bamboo. Sugandh Mantri, Muskdana, Flemingia etc. besides other sectors”, the Chairman added.

The rise of production of bamboo in the state, clump management techniques are made known to the bamboo growers through Capacity Building Programmes. “Bamboo shoots are consumed by the people across Tripura. This has maximized pressure on the natural resource which is already under degradation. It can be tackled through clump management techniques for its conservation besides assuring income generation for the growers by producing edible shoots.” Kaushik informed.

The meeting also set a target for the growers for the year 2015-16. Dilip Debnath, Secretary of Mars Socio Welfare Society, Kanchanpur said, “We have currently bamboo nurseries at 10 locations, where Muli, Betu, Dolu, Mritinga, Rupai, Bari are being grown. We will raise it up to 25 by next three months.” The number of Vermi Compost Units will be doubled, which stands presently at 50.

“Technical supports are provided to the growers by CFLE”, quipped Debnath.

Notably, a team of Bamboo Growers visited Mutha Industries Pvt. Ltd. at Bodhjungnagar on April 04, last and interacted with the officials. They were apprised of the market demand and specific requirements of the industry.

During the discussions, the industry officials informed the growers about their plans to help in all possible ways. The Linkage between the Industry and the growers was developed by CFLE.

Earlier, the societies working under the technical guidance of CFLE wrote to the Forest Minister seeking help on his part in regard to assured market for their nursery stock. They also apprised the Forest Minister of their development activities supported by CFLE.

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