Developement of Bamboo, Cane & Woodwork clusters under NERTP (North East Regional Textile Promotion Scheme), Government of India
During 2016-17, the Department has set up a new project Development of Bamboo, Cane and Wood Based Handicraft Clusters in Nagaland under NERTPS, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.
Summary of the project
1. Skill survey, Baseline Survey and Mobilization
The foremost step in the project implementation will be assessment of the current skill and products in the selected clusters, along with identification of key stakeholders. The survey will enable skill mapping of the clusters, finding the skill gap of artisans & other stakeholders. A baseline survey will be conducted to identify the artisans and map the current status of the cluster covering their skill, production, products, income, production & marketing systems etc.
2. Skill Up-gradation of Artisans
A key focus area under the Scheme will be skill training/ up-gradation and capacity building of the artisans focusing two aspects- 1) Quality product & 2) Bulk Production. Upgrading the skill sets of the existing artisans will not only improve productivity and efficiency levels of the artisans, but also equip them to use new technology to undertake production of export quality products.
Skill training of the cluster artisans is expected to lead to improved product quality and standardization, which are essential for accessing mainstream markets.
3.Promoting Social Enterprise
Collectivization of the artisans into activity groups/ SHGs/ Producer Societies and building their institutions will be an important component of the project. Such grassroots enterprises will be critical to build a strong production base and will be linked to key exporters/ entrepreneurs/ private partners to provide the much needed market interface.
The intervention will cover:
- Training & orientation on formation of the producer group/ society by the artisans
- Different trainings on group management, record keeping, business planning & execution etc.
Promoting such social Enterprise is a continuous process and will be intervened under the project during the entire project duration.
4. Common Facility Centres at Cluster level
Cluster Level Common Facility Centres will be promoted in all the proposed clusters and the CFCs will be equipped with essential tools & equipments for carrying out higher level of value addition activity in the cluster as well as be the facilitation centre for supply chain management & marketing. These centers will be managed by an institution formed by the community.
5. Marketing Promotion Initiatives
An integrated and effective strategy for market promotion will be important so as to take advantage of the growing market opportunity in the domestic as well as international markets. Developing strong national and international market linkages will be important to ensure sustainability of operations and livelihoods of the artisans engaged in the crafts. The gap between the artisans and the buyers will have to be shortened to build in greater efficiencies and ensure greater unit value realization for the artisans through a series of buyer-seller meet and exhibitions outside the state.
The objectives of the project is to create strong production base at the cluster level by creating physical infrastructure, providing skill training base on the market need outside the state and skill set available with the community in the identified locations in the state and provide market linkage so that the artisans will get a better livelihood and income.
Identified clusters under the project are as follows:
- Pfutsero, Phek District
- Lungwa, Mon District
- Ghathashi, Zunheboto District
- Longleng, Longleng District
- Jalukie, Peren District
- Tuli, Mokokchung District