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Myki Nagaland at North East Food Show

Myki Nagaland stall at Shillong

Dimapur, May 7: The Department of Women Resource Development is showcasing its Myki products at the 2nd North East Food Show, which kicked off on May 5 at Polo Ground, Shillong.
Dubbed “North East’s Biggest Food Innovation Exhibition”, the event was inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang.
The brand “Myki” is showcasing 14 different food products of women farmers of Nagaland along with apparels and accessories like face masks, aprons, carry bags, etc.
Food Products at display and sale include Naga king chilli, dried bamboo shoots, pineapple candy, wild apple candy, dried gooseberry, anishi powder, roasted groundnut, roselle, popped rice, ginger powder, turmeric powder, kholar, sumac powder and millet
Myki Initiative started under the Transformative Livelihood Intervention (TLI) Project in 2006, which is a comprehensive programme for the socio-economic empowerment of women of Nagaland, particularly the rural and urban poor women and the marginalized, by facilitating various income-generating activities to enable better and alternative means of livelihoods. The project envisions building on past experiences, while also bringing in new initiatives.
Myki food products
During the initial years, women farmers/ groups were provided with necessary financial assistance and later various training on food processing were provided including pre and post-harvest management. Eventually, a Mini Fruit & Vegetable Processing Centre was set up during 2009-10 with the view to facilitate the promotion of the various products of women farmers/entrepreneurs/ SHGs/ societies, etc.
Over the years, the Centre located at Meriema has undergone revamping and upscaling with more new interventions by the Department to promote better quality products and provide employment opportunities to more women farmers. The Centre has been renamed as Food Processing-cum-Resource Centre which now supports around 100 women farmers/ entrepreneurs annually who are into mini food processing activities. The centre now produces around 15 Myki food products.
Myki apparels & accessories
During 2018-19, The Apparels & Accessories Production Programme was conceived to popularize Naga-themed fabrics with modern motifs and designs. It aims at manufacturing various indigenously designed attires and accessories, including paper carry bags and wrapping papers so designed to avoid the use of plastic bags, etc at very affordable prices and has received accolades from a wide range of people, including domestic and foreign tourists, over the past years.
Opportunities are being offered to the best trainees of the Multi Training Centre Kohima and skilled unemployed women trained in tailoring, knitting, weaving, and beading for short-term employment on a pay-per-production basis under this programme.
Myki Apparels & Accessories product includes garments, bags, face masks, knitted woollen products, crochet dolls, plastic baskets and accessories (70 different products)
Myki Products are being put on display and sale during various major events and made available at both the Myki Store in Kohima and Dimapur, including some select outlets.
(Page News Service)