Spice industry to boost rural economy

[ Prafulla Kaman ]
RUKSIN, Mar 24: The Tribal Development Foundation (TDF) of Arunachal Pradesh has set up an industrial unit for processing and packaging of spices at Leku village under Ruksin circle in East Siang district recently.
While declaring the small-scale industrial unit opened in an inaugural function, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister cum TDF chairman, Gegong Apang informed that his initiative aims at economic development of the commercial horticulturists and rural entrepreneurs including Self Help Groups. He is optimistic that his venture will boost rural economy through commercial spice cultivation in the region bereft any small-scale industries. He urged the interested farmers and SHG members to come forwards to avail the industrial benefits. The Core machinery unit was inaugurated by CMERI Director, Professor Harish Hirani.
The spice industrial unit named as “Common Facility Centre” has been designed as per guideline of CSIR-CMERI Durgapur (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research- Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute).
Coordinator of the Common Facility Centre (CFC) informed that each set of high intensity power operated machines in the industrial unit comprises of ‘Sliding’ and ‘Drying’ chambers for processing ginger, turmeric and other fleshy spices. The chipped ginger and turmeric dries up within 4 to 5 hours in the machines, which can be proceeded towards grinding and packaging unit.
Besides the CSIR-CMERI scientist, Pradip Kr Chetarjee, mechanical experts, members of 12 Woman SHGs from Ruksin, Mikong, Oyan, Kemi and Leku villages and local villagers attended the programme and exuded their hopes of commercial benefits from the spice industry.



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