To explore the alternative source of livelihood to improve the incomes of farmers in this remote region, ICAR-CRIJAF has planned several programs, including capacity building for alternative off-farm income generation of women farmers, scientific management soil, water and crops for livelihoods. security and sustainable agriculture for the generation of farmers’ income.
ICAR-CRIJAF organized a Jute Handicraft Training Program for Women from the Sundarbans region from 11-16 April 2022 at ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore, as part of the multinational project (Australia, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia ) on “Protecting the ecosystems and livelihoods of the Sundarbans, a World Heritage Site: assessing the impact of natural hazards on forest and jute-based ecosystems” funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR) and the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia.
Although agriculture is the main source of income for the inhabitants of the Sundarban islands due to the fragile soil and climatic conditions, productivity and income are very low.
To explore the alternative source of livelihoods to improve farmers’ incomes in this remote region, ICAR-CRIJAF has planned several programs, including capacity building for alternative off-farm income generation for women farmers, scientific management of soil, water and crops towards livelihood security. and sustainable agriculture for farmer income generation.
During the 6-day training, the expert trainer provided hands-on training to the women farmers in making jewelry and other decorative items from jute fiber.
During the farewell session, Dr. Gouranga Kar, Director of ICAR CRIJAF, appreciated the quality of the products produced by the trainees and congratulated them for their successful participation in the program.
He also gave an overview of the importance of diversified jute products in national and international markets. He said the institute would take the necessary steps to discuss with the state government. and other NGOs working in this area to channel better marketing and pricing for handmade jute products.
Dr. Kar also assured that the institute will develop appropriate programs under different projects to emphasize such activities in Sundarbans for self-employment and empowerment of women in the village.
The trainees said the training was very useful to them, helping them to develop their confidence in designing and making jewelry and other jute fiber items. The dignitaries distributed certificates of participation to all trainees at the farewell session.
More than 15 women farmers, NGO representatives from the Sundarbans and other trainers participated in this training. The NGO Gram Trust served as the liaison for the coordination of trainees from remote areas of the Sundarbans region.
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