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Colourful start to first tribal artisan mela in Dimapur
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Aug. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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For the first time in Nagaland, the Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India organized a day long Tribal Artisan Mela (TAM) Nagaland at NEZCC Dimapur, 4th mile Dimapur on Wednesday.
The main mission of the mela was to show-case the rich tradition and culture of Nagaland-handicrafts and handlooms, and to encourage the rich tribal artisan of Nagaland by creating a platform for marketing of their product and to ensure income-generation to them.
In collaboration with the TAM, a three-month Primary Level Training (PLT) organized by Chekiye Women Weaving and Knitting co-operative society Ltd was also inaugurated at Chekiye Village Dimapur. 20 trainees are undergoing the training.
The twin function was inaugurated by ADC Dimapur, Sedevikho Khro in presence of managing director Handloom and Handicraft Development corporation Ltd Dimapur Hekiye Yepthomi, director NEZCC ministry of culture government of India Tali Nokcha, senior manager TRIFED head office S.S. Maiti and the artisans and trainees.
The mela was supported by NEZCC (ministry of culture Government of India) Dimapur, Directorate of Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland, Kohima, Nagaland Bee Keeping and Honey Mission, Government of Nagaland, Nagaland Bamboo Mission, Government of Nagaland, Nagaland Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd, Government of Nagaland.
Highlighting the brief activities of TRIFED in Nagaland in recent years, zonal manager A.D. Sharma said that the TRIFED had already sponsored and trained 1250 tribal farmers for Honey Project with Nagaland Bee-Keeping and Honey Mission as the implementing agency, that was implemented at Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha, Phek, Peren and Mokokchung in the year 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. The zonal manager said during the training period an amount of around rupees 40 lakh was already sponsored by the TRIFED.
He also disclosed that it will be sponsoring 500 numbers of trainees in the year 2010-11 and the proposal was been sent which is under consideration at an estimate cost of rupees of 85 lakhs.
On the sourcing of handloom and handicrafts, the TRIFED has already sponsored rupees 5 lakh in 2007-08, rupees 10 lakh in 2008-09 and rupees 12 lakh in 2009-10. During 2009-10 the TRIFED North East has also sent 250 tribal artisans for exhibitions in Bhopal, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Shimla, Surat, Kolkata and Amristar. 40 artisans participated in the TAM. Earlier, ADC Dimapur in his speech thanked the ministry of tribal affairs and TRIFED for providing platform for the local artisans to exhibit their handicrafts and handlooms to the international arena. The ADC also urged the artisans to preserve culture and tradition, and at the same time told them to revive the dignity of labour, integrity and honesty that was maintained by our forefathers while exhibiting their handcrafts and handlooms out side the state.
He further appealed the artisans to fix the price of their products at the reasonable rate at a kind of exhibition. Director Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation (NHHDC) Ltd Dimapur, Hekiye Yepthomi extended invitation those artisans and said that the NHHDC was ready to help those artisan who were willing to come up. He also stated that it will extend promotion support to honey project in the form of marketing.
Also speaking at the occasion, director NEZCC ministry of culture government of India, Tali Nokcha stated that for the proper marketing of handicraft and handloom the artisans need to be innovative and improvise on their work.
Earlier, at the inauguration of the PLT the resources person Khezeli Achumi thanked the TRIFED and said that it was for the first time that this kind of scheme has been taken up by the government after the society was formed 25 years ago.

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