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Border farmers get crafts training
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Sep. 2008 12:18 AM IST
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As part of the State government’s policy of “Capacity Building 2008”, the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) conducted a three-month vocational training programme for farmers of Indo-Myanmar border blocks with special financial assistance from Union Ministry of Home Affairs under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) at Pusa Craft Centre, Jarnapani, Dimapur. Director of DUDA, Mikha Lomi, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function of the training programme held Monday at Pusa Craft Centre, congratulated the trainees for successful completion of the training programme. Urging the trainees to change their mindset and be serious in their undertakings, DUDA director said “without seriousness there is no success.” He also requested the trainees not to think their task as small but to dedicate their skills and pass on their success stories to others. Quoting the adage “God helps those who help themselves,” Lomi said it was up to the framers to keep things moving and further hoped that when they go to their respective places, they would establish their own units and generate their own livelihood and live as torch bearers. Deputy director, DUDA, Hichulo Rengma, proprietor of Pusa Craft Centre, Zholto Pusa, team leader, Y Chuba and CYO president also spoke on the occasion. Project officer, DUDA, Thepfüzakie Angami chaired the programme. Altogether 16 trainees representing seven Indo-Myanmar border blocks - Tobu, Chen, Pomching, Noklak, Thonknyu, Pungro and Meluri - were awarded with three-month vocational training certificates. The trainees were also gifted with a set of carpentry tools each to set up their own units back home and bank accounts to facilitate business transaction. The training programme was organized in collaboration with Nagaland Craft Council Nagaland (CCN). The training mainly emphasized on wood and bamboo crafts under the guidance of Zholto Pusa the proprietor of Pusa Craft Centre and executive member of CCN.

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