NATURAL FIBRE MISSION PROJECT UNDER BRGF

Natural fibers such as jute, silk, coir, bamboo, sisal, mat grass, babui, cotton(handloom) etc. are indigenously available in many backward districts of West Bengal. In the context of developing the inherent skills of the rural community and womenfolk in select blocks of backward districts of the state, a Scheme for implementation of the Natural Fibre Mission was proposed by the directorate of M&SSE, Govt. of West Bengal under the aegis of the Special Backward Region Grant Fund. The project, in principle has been approved by the Planning Commission, Govt. of India.
The project envisages the development of the Natural Fibre sector in select districts of West Bengal through multi-level interventions at the apex layer. The task of handholding projects and the groups of entrepreneurs implementing the projects under the Scheme is very complex and needs intensive handholding support.
It is in this context that the Directorate of M&SSE, Govt. of West Bengal is preparing this Detailed Project Report (DRP) for implementation of the scheme in the selected districts of West Bengal.

The Natural Fibre Mission Project funded under BRGF concept is based on generation of rural livelihood, creation of rural industries, through intervention of product diversification, market linkage, creation of infrastructure facility like Common Facility Centre (CFC); Common Production Centre (CPC) including soft intervention and household level intervention like supply of machineries, tool kits, equipment etc.

 

OBJECTIVES

The prime objective of the Natural Fibre Mission is to institutionalize the use of natural fibres available in the districts through development of community-centric manufacturers’ cluster by using the available traditional skills, business development services of the community by way of providing synergic linkages for a sustainable development of the community with inclusive growth of the sector. Thus the Mission aims at promoting the artisans pursuing trade of the available natural fibres by providing forward and backward linkage in terms of improved tools, raw materials and market support.

INTERVENTIONS OF WBKVIB

WBKVIB has been involved in the process of implementation of NFM project under BRGF Districts and other Districts for having Livelihood Development of Artisans engaged in the activities relating to Sabai Grass, Sisal, Cotton Fibres in Purulia, Bankura, Midnapore (W), Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad and Midnapore(E) district.

 

Baseline survey regarding availability of Natural Fibres [Jute, Silk, Coir, Bamboo, Mat Grass, Babui grass etc.], No. of artisans, present status of products including value added products, scope of exports etc. have been made.

Planning Commission, Govt. of India has principally approved a fund of Rs.257 Crore for this project.

West Bengal Khadi & Village Industries Board currently working in the following districts with the types of fiber given below. Where as Financial Allocation Rs 37.00 Crores. Coverage of Benificiaries 6319 Nos.

Coverage of District

1. Bankura
2. Birbhum
3. Jalpaiguri
4. Malda
5. Mushirdabad
6. Purulia

Coverage of Fiber

1. Sabai Grass
2. Bamboo
3. Silk
4. Cotton

 

SL

Fiber Name 

 

Soft intervention

Hard intervention

Artisans No

Total project cost (Rs. In lacs)

Artisan No

Amount (Rs. In lacs)

Artisan No

Amount (Rs. In lacs)

District Name

1

Cotton (Project Muslin)

Murshidabad, Malda, Birbhum, Paschim Midnapore

1610

2055.55

1610

1826.1

1610

3881.6

2

Project Madurkathi

Midnapur (East & West)

2100

400.00

2100

600.00

2100

1000.00

3

Project Sabai

Purulia, Bankura, Paschim Midnapur

1690

200.00

1690

300.00

1690

500.00

Total

6400

2855.55

6400

3026.06

6400

5881.61

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