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Products from the tribes of Assam hit the stands

GUWAHATI: Guwahati: Products from the tribes of Assam has hit the stands.

Joha Rice, Black Rice’, Honey, Jack fruit Seeds’, Turmeric, bhot jolokia (chilly), Mushroom, Black Pepper, Mustard Oil, Hill Broom are under the brand of TRISSAM- Value added products from the Tribes of Assam’ brand under Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojna (PMVDY) was launched on Wednesday by Assam chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal.

Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati, Assam has organized the launching event of TRISSAM.

Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana or Van Dhan Scheme was launched on 14th April, 2018 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Ministry of Tribal Affairs as nodal department at central level and TRIFED as nodal agency at national level. This scheme is a well thought master plan for the socio-economic development of the tribal population of the country.

TRIFED in Assam has sanctioned 50 Van Dhan Vikash Kendra (VDVK’s) under the scheme covering 13 Districts of the State.

The Directorate of Welfare of Plain Tribes & Backward Classes, Assam (WPTBC) is the State Nodal Agency and Assam Plain Tribes Development Corporation Ltd. (APTDC Ltd.), Government of Assam is the Implementing Agency for the scheme in Assam. IIE Guwahati, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India is the Resource Agency providing technical supports in the effective implementation of the scheme.

In a statement IIE stated, “Transforming vision into reality, IIE is constantly engaging with the tribal

Communities of the State and working towards bringing optimum outcomes by ensuring quality training

programmes. This scheme focuses on transforming the forest products through process of value addition, branding and marketing for creating income generation and livelihood opportunities of the tribal communities but also a source of income and succor for the poor tribal households”.

IIE is also conducting several advocacy and minor forest produce (MFP) value addition training programme across the State. As of now, advocacy programme in 46 VDVK’s is completed and MFP value addition programme is completed in Baksa, Goalpara and Karbi Anglong District.

IIE said, “These communities are highly dependent on the forest produce and they access their livelihood opportunities by selling the available forest resources in the local market. In the recently concluded training program, IIE built capacity of the beneficiaries in the area of value addition through product grading, sorting, packaging and branding. All the collected MFP has been value added, packaged & branded in the name of brand called TRISSAM-from the tribes of Assam. ”

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