Introduction of Cardamom Fiber Carpet Manufacturing in North Sikkim
A 10-day training program on making placemats using stalks of large cardamom was held at Noom Panang village in Upper Dzonguwhich, North Sikkim.
The program, organized as part of the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) CSR initiative, ended on Wednesday.
During the farewell program, Ashim Kumar Das, Deputy Managing Director, NEDFi, Guwahati spoke about the association of NEDFi with Spice Board of India for the promotion of handicrafts in the cardamom plantation areas of the region of the Northeast.
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NEDFi selected 3 pilot projects in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim.
Village-level programs in the other two states were completed in March while the program in northern Sikkim was delayed due to travel restrictions imposed to contain Covid19.
Das mentioned that 4-5 beneficiaries from each of these project groups will be invited to an advanced residential training program in Guwahati where training on preparing higher value added products will be provided.
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He mentioned that NEDFi, as part of its CSR initiative, has introduced the craft of water hyacinth to the northeastern plains and that as water hyacinth is not available in the states of the hills, she introduced large fiber of cardamom, which is a very good raw material for handicrafts.
Guest of honor Sonam Lepcha, another magistrate from the North Sikkim district, said it would help in the efficient use of discarded cardamom stalks, the disposal of which had been a problem before.
He emphasized the preservation of the traditional crafts of the Lepcha community.
MS Ramalingam, Deputy Director of the Spices Board of India, praised NEDFi for bringing the technology to cardamom growers.
Zila Parishad member Karma Dorjee Lepcha praised the women’s group for offering good quality products during the program and assured them to also provide links to the market, through festivals and government programs, said A press release.
The function was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Textiles, DHH, horticulture and agriculture departments, ICRI RRS, UNDP, etc., who highlighted the programs and the facilities available with their respective departments.