FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, April 24: A total of thirty-nine solar dryers were sanctioned at a cost of Rs 5.4 lakhs by the government which was distributed to the women entrepreneurs at a function.
“These 39 women now have become master trainers and would take the lead to impart training to around 140 women from across the state,” Principal Secretary in charge C&RD KN Kumar said.
The Integrated Basin Development & Livelihood Promotion Programme (IBDLP), a flagship programme of the state government.
“The solar dryer is a technology adopted for drying of flowers, which are used for craft production, “Kumar informed. Kumar said that over 39 women which were picked up from different blocks of the district have been successfully trained on ‘Dehydrated Floral Craft (DFC)’ by the NBRI scientists. The women under this programme are trained to make greeting cards, dairies, photo frames and other items out of dehydrated floral.
The problem faced by the women while engaging in such enterprise related to DFC is the problem of electricity in rural areas where there is no electricity to facilitate the drying process of flowers, said Kumar.