Bermiok, 31 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services-cum-Area MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, attended the inaugural function of the 20-daylong training programme of ‘Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods in North East India: The Cane and Bamboo Cluster Development Project’ as chief guest at Bermiok in West Sikkim.
The training is being organised by Himalayan Science Society (HSS) Sikkim, in collaboration with Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) 13 Mile, Burnihat, Assam, sponsored by North East Council (NEC), Government of India.
Viewing availability of bamboo resources in the locality, the Minister emphasised on planning of the State Government to develop a bamboo industry and urged participants to be strongly determined to take up bamboo crafting as a lucrative profession. He encouraged trainees to be skilled enough to showcase their creativity so as to meet up increasing demands of bamboo products in national and global markets. He also assured to provide required tools of bamboo crafting for Bermiok Cluster.
The Minister also threw lights on opportunities and scope of farming in floriculture, fisheries, dairy farming and urged everyone to come forward with inner interest and complete dedications. He extended his best wishes for their success in future endeavours.
General Secretary, HSS, Dr. Tika Nepal, who is also the Consultant of National Bamboo Mission, Horticulture Department, briefed on overview of the training programme. He elaborated various efforts made by Himalayan Science Society and urged trainees to take up bamboo crafting as a sustainable profession to earn their livelihoods. He also drew lights on future scope and extensive possibilities of generating income through bamboo arts and crafting and urged participants to believe on developing professionalism.
Further, he stressed on increasing production of bamboo items. A total of 30 trainees have been participating in the training programme that will be continued till 19th September, 2019.
Branch Manager, SISCO Bank, Hee Gaon Branch, Shri Ongden Lepcha, spoke about the procedure of acquiring subsidised financial schemes. He informed that an exemption of 60% subsidy is available in establishment of bamboo handicrafts under National Bamboo Mission and highlighted farmers friendly beneficial schemes and also urged to take benefit of availed financial programmes.
Later, the Minister also held a brief meeting with Self Help Groups and discussed on ways and means to increase their potential in cutting and tailoring and other activities.