The districts like Pachim Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and some parts of Birbhum district fall part of West Bengal in the western side which is popularly known as ‘Junglemahal’ areas. Tribal people do live in this area and do live on the Minor forest produces (MFP) like abundantly grown Sal leaves, Mahua, Kend leaves and Sabai (Babui) grass in the forest areas as part of their livelihood.

 

A sizeable nos. of tribal women of both the Blocks have since been engaged themselves in collection of Sal Leaves from the nearby forest and primarily converting into a circular flat sheet / plate like shape using 8-10 nos. of leaves by applying crude method (stick perforation with the help Neem stick etc), dried the same in sun. The dried circular sheets containing 100 nos. are bundled and sold at an average price of Rs.8/- to Rs.10/- per 100 Sal Thali. Sometimes, the local agents or farias do collect the improvised sal thali from the homestead in the alternate days. However, the price varies from season to season. The programme continues for 8-9 months in a year where sal leaves are abundantly grown in the forest areas. Dealing with such Sal leaves is the main livelihood programme of the tribal women. In this way the tribal women hardly earns Rs.600/- per monthly presently.

 

If those tribal unskilled women folk are involved under the coverage of COMMON FACILITY CENTRE, they will be able to prepare more update/quality circular sheets (Sal Leaves) with the help of improved process i.e. jointing two plates by stitching using cotton thread on sewing machine. Using cotton thread on sewing machine is making used plates. Used plates can easily be re-used as compost manure. At present in many non-biodegradable and cannot be reused for production of compost manure as secondary source of income. Application of cotton thread using sewing machine the final product will be better quality, marketability and artisans will be able to fetch more earnings for their better livelihood.

 

Those woman who are engaged in making such leaf based circular flat sheets/plates with stick perforation are generally earn lesser whereas they can earn more through the updates process at CFC if compare with the crude process vs. updated process to be introduced at CFC. The artisan will be given skill-based training for skill up gradation and machine operation. Presently a woman hardly earns Rs.600/- per month under old/crude method. But under the coverage of CFC their earnings will be enhanced to Rs.3000/- to Rs.4000/- per month.

The districts like Pachim Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and some parts of Birbhum district fall part of West Bengal in the western side which is popularly known as ‘Junglemahal’ areas. Tribal people do live in this area and do live on the Minor forest produces (MFP) like abundantly grown Sal leaves, Mahua, Kend leaves and Sabai (Babui) grass in the forest areas as part of their livelihood.

 

A sizeable nos. of tribal women of both the Blocks have since been engaged themselves in collection of Sal Leaves from the nearby forest and primarily converting into a circular flat sheet / plate like shape using 8-10 nos. of leaves by applying crude method (stick perforation with the help Neem stick etc), dried the same in sun. The dried circular sheets containing 100 nos. are bundled and sold at an average price of Rs.8/- to Rs.10/- per 100 Sal Thali. Sometimes, the local agents or farias do collect the improvised sal thali from the homestead in the alternate days. However, the price varies from season to season. The programme continues for 8-9 months in a year where sal leaves are abundantly grown in the forest areas. Dealing with such Sal leaves is the main livelihood programme of the tribal women. In this way the tribal women hardly earns Rs.600/- per monthly presently.

 

If those tribal unskilled women folk are involved under the coverage of COMMON FACILITY CENTRE, they will be able to prepare more update/quality circular sheets (Sal Leaves) with the help of improved process i.e. jointing two plates by stitching using cotton thread on sewing machine. Using cotton thread on sewing machine is making used plates. Used plates can easily be re-used as compost manure. At present in many non-biodegradable and cannot be reused for production of compost manure as secondary source of income. Application of cotton thread using sewing machine the final product will be better quality, marketability and artisans will be able to fetch more earnings for their better livelihood.

 

Those woman who are engaged in making such leaf based circular flat sheets/plates with stick perforation are generally earn lesser whereas they can earn more through the updates process at CFC if compare with the crude process vs. updated process to be introduced at CFC. The artisan will be given skill-based training for skill up gradation and machine operation. Presently a woman hardly earns Rs.600/- per month under old/crude method. But under the coverage of CFC their earnings will be enhanced to Rs.3000/- to Rs.4000/- per month.

 

The districts like Pachim Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and some parts of Birbhum district fall part of West Bengal in the western side which is popularly known as ‘Junglemahal’ areas. Tribal people do live in this area and do live on the Minor forest produces (MFP) like abundantly grown Sal leaves, Mahua, Kend leaves and Sabai (Babui) grass in the forest areas as part of their livelihood.

 

A sizeable nos. of tribal women of both the Blocks have since been engaged themselves in collection of Sal Leaves from the nearby forest and primarily converting into a circular flat sheet / plate like shape using 8-10 nos. of leaves by applying crude method (stick perforation with the help Neem stick etc), dried the same in sun. The dried circular sheets containing 100 nos. are bundled and sold at an average price of Rs.8/- to Rs.10/- per 100 Sal Thali. Sometimes, the local agents or farias do collect the improvised sal thali from the homestead in the alternate days. However, the price varies from season to season. The programme continues for 8-9 months in a year where sal leaves are abundantly grown in the forest areas. Dealing with such Sal leaves is the main livelihood programme of the tribal women. In this way the tribal women hardly earns Rs.600/- per monthly presently.

 

If those tribal unskilled women folk are involved under the coverage of COMMON FACILITY CENTRE, they will be able to prepare more update/quality circular sheets (Sal Leaves) with the help of improved process i.e. jointing two plates by stitching using cotton thread on sewing machine. Using cotton thread on sewing machine is making used plates. Used plates can easily be re-used as compost manure. At present in many non-biodegradable and cannot be reused for production of compost manure as secondary source of income. Application of cotton thread using sewing machine the final product will be better quality, marketability and artisans will be able to fetch more earnings for their better livelihood.

 

Those woman who are engaged in making such leaf based circular flat sheets/plates with stick perforation are generally earn lesser whereas they can earn more through the updates process at CFC if compare with the crude process vs. updated process to be introduced at CFC. The artisan will be given skill-based training for skill up gradation and machine operation. Presently a woman hardly earns Rs.600/- per month under old/crude method. But under the coverage of CFC their earnings will be enhanced to Rs.3000/- to Rs.4000/- per month.

                                           

    TOTAL PROJECT COST-50.63,BANDWAN,YEAR-15-16                                             

The Sabai Grass industry is linked with cultivation of sabai grass and processing of the grass into various consumer household articles such as ropes, mats, carpets, sofa sets, wall hangings and other highly sophisticated and artistic designing products. This grass is also known as Babui Grass in different part of the state.

Sabai rope weaving is a traditional craft in different areas of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore like Nayagram, Binpur, Bishnupur, Patrasayar, Bandwan and Manbazar I. Cultivation of Sabai Grass are mainly been done in Bankura & Purulia.

Especially the artistic designing of Sabai grass products are admired in foreign countries. So the industry has great export prospective. Sabai grass is usually cultivated in less fertile highlands. Water requirement for growing of this plant is less as compared to other crops.

Sabai Grass usages were discovered by the Englishmen during their rule in India. This strong and durable natural fibre was perfect for their military use, and, therefore, rope making out of Sabai Grass became the occupation for some people in and around Calcutta.

As a raw material, Sabai Grass is excellent for many hand weaving crafts and is suitable for manufacturing of superior quality paper, staple rayon and artificial silk owing to its low lignin and high fibre contents. Now- a - days, the most important use of this grass is in making ropes for domestic purposes. In the rural areas where thatched houses are predominant , this rope is extensively used in tying roofs, walls and fences as well as in making cots and rope for bullock carts.

There exists good scope for value addition of Sabai Grass fibre for making handicrafts and other furniture items. The grass which was earlier used only for rope making, has now found its use for more attractive products such as fashion bags, table accessories, floor coverings and furniture, appreciated by the city dwellers.


Sabai Grass products are eco-friendly in nature and hence are superior to synthetic products in quality. As such the diversified products, mainly fancy and decorative items, offer good prospects in the domestic as well as export market. But for targeting the export market for such products, the dyes to be used in coloring must be of natural origin.

The proposed project envisages strengthening of the forward and backward linkages of the trade of Sabai Grass fibre processing in the district, mostly unorganized in nature, to give a boost to its sectarian natural growth, employment generation of the district and livelihood uplift of concerned artisans with necessary inputs.

 

 

 

 

 

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