Last Updated:16th March, 2023  

ICAR-CIARI organized training on Coconut Handicrafts

ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair has organized a Coconut Development Board sponsored training programme on ‘Coconut Handicrafts’ for the benefit of Island youth to enhance and utilize the entrepreneurship opportunities in collaboration with ICAR-KVK, South Andaman from 6th to 13th March 2023 in which 15 women from Andaman and Nicobar Islands were imparted hands-on training on use of different parts of coconut palm in handicrafts making. The trainees were provided necessary tool kits and training material to practice and implement their entrepreneurship using coconut shell, husk, leaf, spathe and flower parts. Scientists have highlighted the scope of Coconut handicrafts from the bay islands, opportunities for marketing, different coconut handicrafts from around the world to the trainees during the sessions. Mrs. Shoba Rani from south Andaman has assisted as the master craftsperson for the training. Hands on training sessions on selection and preparation of coconut parts, polishing, finishing, designing, display were held. The trainees have exhibited the best coconut handicrafts made by them during the training on the concluding day and the best performers were awarded by ICAR-CIARI. During the valedictory session held on 13th March 2023, the trainees expressed their happiness over the new skill and knowledge they could gain from the training to produce wealth from waste. Dr B.A. Jerard, Course Director has detailed the training report which included the successful sessions on knowledge and skill sphere on coconut handicrafts imparted to the trainees by ICAR-CIARI with the support from Coconut Development Board. Dr EB Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI while congratulating the efforts by the team and the trainees has stressed upon the use of appropriate tools to maintain the quality of coconut handicrafts which is important to mainain the marketablility. He stressed that group or producer organization is must for the better marketing as well as updating the requirements of the handicrafts industry. Dr V Damodaran, CTO has proposed vote of thanks. The six days training programme was organized and coordinated by Dr. B. A. Jerard, Course Director cum Principal Scientist, Division of Horticulture and Crop Improvement and coordinated by Dr. Y. Ramakrishna, Head, KVK-South Andaman, Dr. V Damodaran, CTO, Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Principal Scientist, Dr. Jaisankar, Senior Scientist and Dr. Pooja Kapoor, SMS, KVK-South Andaman district under the overall guidance of Dr. E.B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair.

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