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Local marketing space for SHGs at Forest Secretariat

Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 13:15 [IST]

Last Update: Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 07:49 [IST]

Local marketing space for SHGs at Forest Secretariat

GANGTOK (IPR): Forest minister Karma Loday Bhutia inaugurated the Local Marketing Space for Self Help Groups (SHGs) at Forest Secretariat, D-Block, opposite GMChere today.
The initiative has been supported by JICA-assisted Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project (SBFB) under Forest & Environment department to provide a platform to display and marketing of the local products.
The inaugural function also had the presence of project director-cum-chief conservator of Forest, Territorial, N.W. Tamang, additional project director D. Manjunathan, DFOJFM, SBFB, Shewani Pradhan along with other senior Forest officials and members of SHGs.
At the onset, the Minister visited the new stalls in the marketing space and felicitated the members of the SHGs.
Congratulating the SHGs on the inaugural function, the minister urged the respective SHGs to sell quality products at competitive prices to the customers and assured that all possible help and support will be provided by the Forest department for smooth operation and streamlining of their businesses in the future.
He further mentioned that this was a good initiative taken by the Forest department and also added that the department has initiated several unique strategies to promote SHGs socially and economically, and has recognised SHG as a tool for women empowerment under the leadership of the visionary Chief Minister, Prem Singh Tamang.
Earlier, during the inaugural function, DFO, JFMSBFP, Shewani Pradhan informed that SBFP has adopted179 JFMC/EDC till date. She further mentioned that a block grant of Rs. 1,80,000 has been provided to each Joint Forest Management Committee(JFMC)/Eco-Development Committee(EDC).
The JFMC/EDC in turn provides loans to SHGs at Rs. 60,000 at minimal interest for income generating activities.
She further informed that the space is being provided on a quarterly rotation basis to provide an opportunity to all interested SHGs for a minimal rent of Rs 30per day.
The three SHGs opting for marketing include Hope SHG, Kopibari, Shyari, PulyongSHGBojhoghari and Mahila Shakti SHG, Kopibari, Shyari.
Various semi and processed food products, vegetables, flowers, local snacks, sweets, pickles, handicrafts (wood, cloth and paper) cotton/silk handlooms and traditionalapparel etc. are available at the Local Marketing Space for sale to the customers.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi