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New Zealand consulate to present sewing machines to ‘Hargila Army’
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, July 13 - The success saga of the greater adjutant stork conservation project at Dadara village in Kamrup district has received a boost with the New Zealand High Commission lending its support to the community conservation initiative led by Green Oscar winner Dr Purnima Devi Barman.

Dr Barman had a meeting with the New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers at her New Delhi residence on Thursday where they discussed issues related to the greater adjutant stork (locally called hargila) conservation of Assam and the way forward.

The New Zealand High Commissioner, it may be mentioned, recently backed a livelihood support and education campaign for the ‘Hargila Army’ (a dedicated group of woman conservationists from Dadara).

Eighty sewing machines will be given to 200 women to inspire and encourage them for conservation.

“The New Zealand High Commission is happy to support the project through our Head of Mission Fund. I commend Dr Purnima Barman for the way she has integrated the conservation of the endangered Hargila with the empowerment of local women by offering them a means of livelihood.

This month, we will continue our support by providing 200 women with 80 sewing machines. I understand from Purnima that weaving the stork motif on saris, skirts, gamusas and other items has helped establish a connect with the birds that has boosted conservation efforts,” Kempkers said

Dr Barman, who is associated with conservation group Aaranyak said that it was an honour to get support from the New Zealand High Commission which would also inspire her fellow conservationists to work harder. “The High Commissioner has not only supported us, but more than that, she has reposed full faith in us,” she added with pride.

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