‘Chir pine needles being used for making daily-use things’

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SUNDERBANI: Chir Pine needle based handicraft training conducted in Forest Division Nowshera in collaboration with District Administration Rajouri.
Training of Handicrafts based on Chir pine needles as raw material has been conducted in Sunderbani Range with an aim to generate livelihood among local youth and to prevent the forest fires, for which Chir Pine needles act as fuel. Every year forest fires occur in Nowshera Forest Division causing loss of forest and wildlife. Collection and processing of needles would help in prevention of forest fires thus averting major disaster. Sunderbani Range of Nowshera Forest Division started preparation of handicraft items using Chir Pine Needles. A number of items such as Baskets, Tray, Hats has been prepared using Chir Pine Needles by involving Village Forest Committee Brevi. Two VFCs has been selected for the said innovative work, Salheri and Brevi as piolet project. At the initial stage a self help group of 10 ladies has been constituted at Brevi , who is preparing the handicraft items.
An advance training program was conducted at Salheri in collaboration with District Administration, Rajouri Rajesh Kumar Shavan KAS. District Development Commissioner, Rajouri intiated the advance training for the woman of SHG’s who are working on the preparation of hanicraft items. The training will last for 10 days for which core trainers are invited from Himachal Pardesh.
Neelima Shah, Divisional Forest Officer Nowshera interacted for a number of times with the members of SHG and members of VFC.
Rakesh Verma Range Forest Officer, Sunderbani made all the arrangements in collaboration with Vinod Banyal Addition Deputy Commissioner Sunderbani. Vinod Banyal, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sunderbani said that it will generate livelihood on the one hand and curb Forest Fire on the other hand. Ruchi Sharma Superintend ITI Sunderbani were also present on the occasion.
The whole workshop will be conducted under the direct Supervision of Vivek Kumar Conservat of Forest West Circle Rajouri, Rajesh Kumar Sharma District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Neelima Shah Divisional Forest Officer Nowshera, Vinod Banyal Additional Deputy Commissioner Sunderbani and Rakesh Verma Range Forest Office, Sunderbani.