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Capacity building training on packaging of export products held

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KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 18: A one­-day capacity building training programme on “Packaging for export of Agri food, Handloom and Handicraft products of Nagaland” was held at the Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Kohima on February 18.
Organized by the Department of Industries and Commerce in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) under the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” banner, there were around 180 participants from across Nagaland.
Joint Director & Head Training & Education Division, IIP (Mumbai), Dr. Babu Rao Guduri said that the main objective of the institute was to promote the export packaging to various countries and equip the people to be a part of the packaging industry.
He said that packaging is the most important ingredient for a product to succeed in the international market. If the packaging is not up to the standards of the countries where it is being exported to then it won’t be possible as most countries have a strict parameter on the packaging of any products.
He underlined that packaging is the science, art and technology of enclosing and protecting products for distribution, storage, sale and use.
He further added that packaging is a coordinated system of preparing goods for transport, warehousing, sale and use, packaging helps the consumer quickly understand what the product is all about and it is the silent salesman.
In this regard, the IIP is here at the seminar to impart basic concepts, functions of packaging for export of agri-food, handloom and handicraft products of Nagaland and let the participants know about the various opportunities that are available in the packaging industry, he said.
“Through this seminar, we hope to create an awareness of the packaging industry in general and specifically to the entrepreneurs, and to also create avenues for employment to the youth of Nagaland,” he said.
He also talked about the different levels of packaging. He informed that in a primary packaging, a product should be contacted directly to the packaging. In a secondary packaging, a product gives all information about the product and Shipper/ Transport packaging gives all information about its transport. All these three should work together to ensure quality services, he added.
Established in 1966 with its headquarter in Kolkata, IIP is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GOI, with its branches in Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad, Guduri informed.
Director, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise, Dimapur, Tali Longchar advised the participants of the seminar to build their business based on the raw materials available in their locality as it would be cost efficient and authentic.
He said that the government is ever ready to help the entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs with funds through the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) scheme and Startup India loans provided one has the skills and the zeal to build a business. However, the reality in Nagaland is that these funds are being withdrawn just to have the 25% subsidy.
The present Naga youth must change this trend and take loans with a serious intent as this diversion of funds for business creation into the non-business sector is only hurting the economy of the state.
Director, Department of Industries and Commerce, K Hokihse Assumi said that Nagas should take the example of the standard of packaging from foreign countries. I’m not saying that we should imitate them but when we make products, we should also be able to deliver the standard of packaging that is at par with the rest of the countries in the world.
In this regard the State Government of Nagaland is probably going to launch a Product Testing Lab in Dimapur by March, he informed.
(Page News Service)