GUWAHATI, April 20: A two-month long Skill Development Training Programme on Floriculture & Nursery Magement conducted by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) for the unemployed youths belonging to OBCs was concluded at Daffodil Nursery at Gherakuchi, Kamrup on Tuesday. The programme was sponsored by tiol Backward Classes Fince & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) an undertaking of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment working for promotion of economic developmental activities among the Backward Classes and to assist the poorer section of these classes in skill development and self-employment ventures. IIE has trained 800 youth in FY 15-16 in various trades. Out of these Cane & Bamboo products, Food Processing, Beauty care & wellness, nursery magement has found acceptance and immediate result. IIE have associated with the famous Daffodil Nursery, Gherakuchi for imparting this Training to the youth who belonged to nearby areas in order to impart skills in Nursery techniques and Magement. They were trained on nursing of mother plants, grafting, budding, implanting, hardening, soil preparation etc techniques. Also exposure and linkage to market was part of soft skills imparted to them. More than 20 out of 25 trainees were gainfully employed through farming/contract farming.
Speaking on the occasion, Manoj Kumar Das, Director of IIE said, “The Youth of NER should aim in developing self-sustaining livelihood opportunities based on local resources, as a huge portion of market demand is fulfilled by the supplies from outside. The youth must understand the value of land and the richness of the soil, abundant water is an added advantage for developing sustaible Agri-based farming”, a press release stated.