To propagate the idea of transforming waste into wealth, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tesophenyu, sponsored by ATMA Kohima, conducted a day long programme on banana fibre extraction (BFE) at BFE centre, Kohima Thursday.
As many as 27 participants from several villages under Kohima district including Ziezou, Phekerkriema, Gariphema, Mitelephe, Viswema, Lezoma, Chesezu and Kohima were trained on banana fibre extraction.
Blended with natural dyes, the banana fibre is used in making a wide range of goods like doormats, hand bags, tablemats, purse, hangings, papers and attractively patterned cloth etc.
Stating that currently banana pseudostems were dumped and was causing pollution to the environment, the main resource person of the programme, SMS (horticulture) Khekali Sema said BFE would facilitate utilization of pseudostem in eco-friendly ways and generate additional income and employment.
Giving details of BFE machine, she said it can be highly useful and economical to the farmers. The SMS also emphasized on subjects such as solid and liquid waste utilization, mechanism of banana fibre extraction, its uses, its demand and export potential, marketing strategy and the like.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by SMS (soil science) Zheite, while key note address was delivered by SMS (agronomy) Imtisenla. She highlighted the activities of KVK Kohima and its mandate.