Karnataka: Tribal women being trained in bamboo works | Mysuru News – Times of India

MYSURU: One of the challenges faced by the forest department in the forest buffer zones and villages located inside the forests is to provide sustainable livelihood to the locals, especially the tribal communities. In the remote Ponachchi and surrounding villages near famous MM Hills temple, the forest department has now started training for over 100 women under the Bamboo Mission.
Master trainer from the Tripura are training these women in various bamboo products. The idea is helping the women to find job and livelihood locally without migrating to any places. The department is also now popularising the bamboo cultivation among the local farmers which can fetch Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per acre income annually per acre of land.
Under the mission the training started around 20 days ago.
According to Yedukondalu V, DCF, MM Hills, under the initiative, the idea is creating bamboo value chain right from growing the bamboo to finished products. “Our idea is socially and economically empowering the women from tribal and poor families,” he explained.
“Under the scheme, we are building a common facility center in Ponnachi. Bamboo processing units, waste processing units are also planned in multiple areas. This common facility center will help the women from procuring the raw materials to selling the finished products,” he explained.
“We joined hands with a NGO by name industry foundation training to train these women. Presently over 100 women are participating in the training. We are training them in preparing the bamboo table lamps, water bottles, curtains etc,” he said.
According to the authorities the eco developmental committee buildings in the forest areas will also be used to help the women who engaged in this bamboo products. The forest department authorities are planning to tie up with major furniture retail outlets on marketing these products.
One of the regular participants of this training programme is Rekha, 25. A resident of Maruru near MM hills, Rekha said she was going to daily wage works all these days. “I am now getting training in the bamboo products. Already I am trained in preparing several products,” she said. Rekha completed her SSLC.

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