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Banana fibre extraction to boost economy of farmers
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 1 Mar. 2009 12:50 AM IST
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With the banana fibre extraction method, Banana plant would now prove more useful than ever. The banana fiber extracted from banana tree bark could produce wide range of eco friendly items including doormats, carpets, yarn, rope, luggage carriers and interior decorative items. To promulgate banana fibre extraction method and boost the economy of banana growers in the region Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), union ministry of agriculture, Medziphema headquarter with request from the state government Saturday commenced a two-day training programme on “banana fibre extraction” at National Research Centre (Mithun) Jharnapani. Highlighting CIH mandate and objective of training, Dr. Akali Sema said the mission of the institute was to provide excellent, innovative and applicable training to stakeholders while empower individuals and enable horticulture industry to bring socio-economic development in the region. The main focus of the institute, according to CIH director was capacity building by providing training to farmers, trainers, extension officers and the like. She also said that demonstration of improved technologies, promotion of organic cultivation and establishing convergence and synergy among programmes in the field of horticultural research and development were some of the objectives of CIH Nagaland University, KVK, Lumami programme coordinator, Prof V B Sharma speaking at the inaugural function of the training programme as chief guest expressed hope that the purpose of the training would go benefit the real farmers so that they could increase income in manifold. Prof. Sharma also urged the participants to make use of the training critically by putting up their aspect in the two-day training session. He further hoped that the training would provide maximum success to the farmers of the whole of north-east region. The resource persons including CTRI Rajamundhry, technical officer, R.S Sudhakar; Tripura Mushroom Growers Welfare Society (MGWS), president , Chhanda Debarman and Dinamala Debbarma, also of MGWS, would impart the training. During the two-day training programme resource persons would focus on importance and use of natural fibre with special reference to pineapple and banana; selection of raw materials for fibre extraction; banana fibre extraction by manual and mechanical methods; means of self employment through banana fibre production and several other issues pertaining to the subject. Altogether 56 participants including banana growers, trainers and department officials, some of them from neighboring state Assam, are taking part in the training programme. Fibre extraction Banana fiber is extracted from banana tree bark. After peeling the trunk, brown-green skin is thrown away retaining the cleaner or white portion which will be processed into knotted fibers. Fiber is extracted either through extraction machine or manually. Fibre-extracting machine has the capacity to extract 15 to 20 kg a day. The machinery uses very little power.

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