Gyalshing, 22nd Oct (IPR): A Valedictory function of Bamboo Skill Development and Entrepreneurship training program that started on 2nd October officially concluded today. The program was organized under National Bamboo Mission(NBM) by the Horticulture Department, Government of Sikkim at Development, Community Hall at Bermiok-Berthang, West Sikkim.
The Hon’ble Area MLA cum Minister for (Agriculture, Horticulture & Animal Husbandry, Printing & Stationery, and IPR Department) Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the event as the Chief Guest accompanied by Shri Mingma Tshering Sherpa, (Secretary, Horticulture Department), Mr. Ringzing Chewang Bhutia, Secretary, (Agriculture Department), Shri Karma Sherpa,(Joint Director, Horticulture), Shri Chandra Kumar Rana, Chairman, (Agriculture and Horticulture Department), Shri Durga Pd. Pradhan, (Advisor, AH & VS, Government of Sikkim), Shri Karma Sherpa,(Joint Director, Horticulture Department, West Sikkim), Mrs. Pratiba Tamang,( BDO) Hee Martam BAC.
Addressing the gathering, Minister Sharma said, he was elated to be a part of the said event. He approached the gathering in lifting the economic status of the people who all are indulged with the type of lucrative profession. Minister also informed about the use of bamboo in different prospects, apart from the common implication. He also said about the diverse possibilities for the use of bamboo instead of plastics and other similar substitutions.
He then informed about appointments of the state-level artisans in regards to bamboo work. While exemplifying Bamboo made hair clip, he congratulated and encouraged the gathering for the collective effort. Further, he informed that the Hon’ble Chief Minister Government of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) will be pleased in making the peripherical eight constituencies an industrial hub for a self-reliant economy. He further informed that the locally made dust bins shall directly be supplied to all the departments under the Government of Sikkim
While informing about the HCM’s envision, he appealed to all Panchayats and Zilla Panchayats to play a pivotal role in the upliftment of the grass root level in the State. He also deliberated various farmer’s friendly initiatives from the government and urged them for proper utilization. Further, he encouraged all the artesian to continue with the skills they have learned and boost up to produce with the assurance of marketing. The Minister also handed over the certificates and congratulated the participants who successfully participated in the Bamboo Skill Development.
Secretary Horticulture, in his address, informed that there were 20 trainees for 20 days training program. He then expressed his view upon bamboo having the potential of replacing steel which is much more eco-friendly. He briefed about the other implications that hold the income-generating capability through the making of ornaments, clothes, house decoratives and more. To boost agricultural production, he informed the barren land shall be identified and made reusable. Further, he informed that with the approval of Hon’ble Chief Minister, the employees serving under OFOJ shall be indulged in farming-related approaches.
Mr. Hemant Ghimirey, HDO, Martam also briefed about the various achievements in Model Village and its future aspects.
Dr.Tika Pd. Sharma, the Consultant, presented a PowerPoint Presentation on the implication history of bamboo from the time of its inception, present state of utilization and future prospects in the constituency with the approach ‘Bamboo, our Heritage, our Future for the enhanced sustainable Livelihood’. He also extensively informed about the benefits of various species of medicinal plants locally available.
Mr. Pradeep Bhandari, Bank consultant informed that a total of 1.5 Crore Rupees to 127 beneficiaries through cheques were handed over in the first phase of loan disbursement in the field of Diary farming, Piggery, Poultry, Boer Goat farming, Ginger cultivation, etc.
Mr. Tek Nath Sharma, Artisian Bamboo shared his feedback on the initiative in his personal and community.