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Revival of Wool, Cottage Industry: One day training cum field demonstration program at Basohli
3/18/2024 10:48:09 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Mar 18: The Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry (FVSC & AH), SKUAST Jammu, under able guidance of Honourable Vice Chancellor Dr B. N. Tripathi and Dean F.V.Sc and A.H Dr Rajesh Katoch organized a comprehensive one-day training cum field demonstration program aimed at revitalizing the wool and cottage-based industry in Basohli. The event, held under the auspices of the HADP project on wool and pelt, brought together artisans, experts, stakeholders, and enthusiasts from the wool and pelt industry for revival of wool and cottage-based industry of wool and pelt.
The training program encompassed various facets of wool processing and value addition, shedding light on modern methodologies and traditional practices that can enhance the productivity and quality of wool and pelt products of Basohli area. In this project two wool based ITKs products have been identified for promotion among Basohli artisans namely woolen stole and Duggar vasket/tweet. Participants were engaged in hands-on training by Mr Rajinder Kumar (Master Trainer) and Aryan Shahid (Project Assistant), where they learned practical skills and techniques directly applicable to their work in wool and cottage-based industries. Through interactive sessions, they explored avenues for improving the product quality, enhancing product diversification, and adopting eco-friendly practices.
Dr Rajinder Bhardwaj Principal Investigator of the project expressed his enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, The revival of the wool and cottage industry holds immense potential for socio-economic development in the region. This collaborative effort aims to empower local communities, preserve traditional crafts, and foster sustainable livelihoods. The program also served as a platform for networking and fostering partnerships among stakeholders, including artisans, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and research institutions, to collectively drive the growth of the wool processing industry in Basohli.
"We are committed to providing continuous support and resources to empower local communities and facilitate the growth of small-scale industries," remarked Dr Rajinder Bhardwaj, PI of the HADP project on revival of wool and cottage-based industry.
Dr Mandeep Singh Azad, CO-PI of the project welcomed the artisans and gave the overall views of the training cum field demonstration programme. He emphasized the importance of the adoption of modern technological interventions and equipment/tools for improving the quality of wool-based products and also highlighted the importance of finishing, sorting and grading in the development of good quality woolen articles. The importance of the revival of the wool based products and other aspects such as common facility centres, cooperative societies and the role of marketing and designing was also emphasized.
During the programme the newly formed societies namely Indu woolen stole cooperative society and Momin duugar vasket/tweet cooperative society were also provided all the major equipment's and tools required for production of wool products. Both the cooperative societies were made functional for the preparation and promotion of wool stole and Duggar vasket in the area. The programme was also attended by Dr Pratibha, VAS sheep husbandry department, Basohli. She encouraged the artisans for reviving the wool based products. She mentioned that the success of this training cum field demonstration program underscores the collective determination to revive and sustain the rich heritage of wool and cottage-based industries in Basohli, ushering in a new era of prosperity and resilience. Sham Lal, Rahul and Zakir known artisans of the area were also felicitated in the programme for their continuous effort to promote woolen based products of Basohli.
A total 70 artisans, youth and women attended the programme. Rajinder, Aryan and Anurag helped in the smooth conduct of the programme.
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