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Awareness prog on cane, bamboo processing
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 TEZPUR, March 9 The Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) of Guwahati in association with HELPMATE, an NGO of Tezpur organised a two-day awareness programme on value addition of cane (Rattan) and bamboo processing for cluster and artisans recently at the conference hall of Dulabari based Neriwalm here.

The programme was sponsored by the DRDA of Sonitpur. The meeting was attended by Kamesh Salam, director of the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati, Dr Monshing Rongpi, MLA, Baithalangsu, Dr Raja Barijan of Forest Research Institute, Malaysia (FRIM), Smit Boonsermsuk of the Royal Forest Department (RFD), Bangkok, Thailand, Virendra Kumar, Assistant director, Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, CS Susant and Rajib Jaissl, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Avinas A Sinde, Assistant professor, Design, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG), Arun Kumar, MD, Brooklyn, Kerala, NABARD, RFRI, Jorhat, DIC, MSME DI along with artisans of Gabharu block and its adjoining areas.

For the first time cane and bamboo artisans of Assam could be audience to vast and varied resource persons from across the globe. Topics covering cane and bamboo, cultivation, treatment, value addition, future design and market were being discussed. Videos of cane and bamboo factories of Southeast Asian countries were also shown to the artisans. Arun Kumar, MD, Brooklyn, Kerala Ganesh D Kothari, entrepreneur, Kolkata offered to buy back products made by the artisans if it matched their pricing and quality control. They also wished to share their technical know how through CBTC and HELPMATE to develop the sector. Resource persons also visited the cane and handicraft cluster of Tezpur currently being devolved by HELPMATE, Tezpur under Ambedkar Hastasilpa Vikas Yojana (AHVY), sponsored by Development Commissioner (handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

CBTC, under the leadership of its director and also president of World Bamboo Organisation, USA, Kamesh Salam, is an apex organization working on a development of the cane and bamoo sector in NE region and other parts of the world. Madhurya Kumar Handique, secretary, HELPMATE, Tezpur, stated that it has been actively involved in the development of the handicrafts sector especially in Tezpur.

Around 300 artisans so far have been registered under Rajiv Gandhi Silpi Swasthya Bima Yojna (RGSSBY) while three artisans of the cluster area recently participated in Kerala Bamoo Fest, 2009, at Cochin, Kerala MK Handique also stated that with active support of DC (H), CBTC, DRDA, NEHHDC and other developing agencies, within a period of 2-3 years, Tezpur would be recognized as the handicraft (cane, bamoo and wood) town of India.

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