ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Tap local potential for jute products'

Staff Reporter

Jute designer gives tips to women groups at workshop

SRIKAKULAM: Jute products' manufacturers should concentrate on tapping the potential of local markets, DRDA Project Director P. Rajanikanta Rao has said. Voluntary organisations and women groups should focus on catering to local needs as it would do away with travelling to far off cities for selling the products, he said at the valedictory of a 15-day Design and Technical Development Workshop organised by Youth Club of Bejjipuram and Akshaya, an NGO, here on Wednesday. The workshop was sponsored by the Council of Handicraft Development Corporation.

Jute designer and trainer Satish Nagender advised women to learn the finer aspects of producing the goods by working together.

District Legal Services Authority secretary M.R. Seshagiri Rao hoped the making of jute products would lead to the women's becoming financially self-sufficient. Field Publicity Officer G. Kondala Rao stressed the environment-friendly nature of jute products and the name earned by Srikakulam women in making them.

Akshay president Gumma Nagesh detailed the work being done by the organisation in eradicating child labour and promoting education.

Bejjipuram Youth Club president M. Prasada Rao disclosed that all women making jute products would be given cards recognising them as artisans. The women were not only trained but provided income-generating employment. “Nirman' director Munukoti Satyanarayana participated. Certificates were given away to women who received the training.