SRINAGAR: To generate rural employment and to promote entrepreneurs in rural areas of the state, Jammu and Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) has established three clusters in different districts of Kashmir division in first phase.
As a part of implementation of Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), KVIB has launched hard and soft intervention at all the three clusters of Kashmir division, which included, Sukhnag Sozni Embroidery Cluster Rudbug Budgam, Kashur Maunch Bee Keeping Cluster Srinagar and Martand Crewel and Chain Stitch Anantnag, an official handout read.
“The board in advance stage of implementation of clusters viz. in hard and soft intervention. The skill development programme of the matter artisans and stake holders are in progress and CFC are to be completed by the ending May. The Cluster will provide a great boost to the artisans and stake holders by way of providing them all the facilities under one roof which shall in turn boost the products and also improve the Economic condition of the artisans,” said Deputy Chief Executive Officer, KVIB- Kashmir Division, Muzzafar Allaqaband.
Giving details about the clusters, Allaqaband said, all the three clusters are “aimed at boosting the traditional art of Kashmir”, besides giving flip to the local artisans in order to empower them economically.
He said that such clusters would provide sustained employment for traditional industry artisans and rural entrepreneurs by improving their capacity building and manufacturing skills through training.
Under the thematic intervention, the clusters will provide marketing facilities for the products manufactured by the artisans directly in national/international markets and other various marketing ventures will also be organised for the artisans to showcase their craft skills and sell their produce, it read.