Dimapur, February 11: The Entrepreneurs Associates (tEA), in collaboration with the Science & Technology Intervention in North-East Region (STINER-TFC), recently completed the “Entrepreneurship through Waste Management” training programme in Kiphire and Noklak districts.
A press release informed it was aimed at promoting agri-entrepreneurship by providing skills training to the farmers through the demonstrations presented by STINER-TFC professionals on banana fibre extraction and technical sessions on vermicomposting.
Additionally, the STINER team provided banana extraction machines to beneficiaries, enhancing local initiatives and fostering sustainable practices.
In Kiphire District, the training was held at Amahator village on February 10. Bikram Ghimere, Project Assistant at STINER-TFC, shed light on STINER’s inception by the Ministry of Development of North-East Region in 2019.
He emphasised the abandoned yet resourceful nature of the region, pointing out that promoting entrepreneurship, specifically through banana fibre extraction and vermicomposting, could significantly contribute to generating income and livelihood in the area.
Villagers received practical training and witnessed the creation of products like handbags and saucers crafted from banana fibres. Simultaneously, Ghimere provided an in-depth technical training session on the vermincomposting process.
Hubilu Tunyi, CEO of Farmers Producer Organisation (FPO) in Amahator Block, highlighted the significance of their collaborative efforts in fostering sustainable agricultural practices and enhancing the economic landscape of the Amahator Block.
In Noklak, it was conducted for three Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) at Jungyam Fishery Farm on February 8.
Bikram Ghimere emphasised on implementation of science and technology in agriculture and how it can improve the sustainability and production of the farmers and also generate an income source.
Chubasashi, Mechanic at STINER-TFC, demonstrated the user manual of the banana fibre extraction machine. He also gave visuals of the finished products and told about its scope and market demand of the products. The attendees then took part in banana fibre extraction trials under the supervision of the experts.
He also explained about the cardamom dryer, how it can be used for varied purposes in drying chillies, meat, etc. The unique feature of the dryer is that the products are smokeless, thus eliminating the threat of many smoke related health issues. (Page News Service)