TAMIL NADU

TIDITSSIA programme to boost income of rural women

Staff Reporter

Through entrepreneurial activities of door mat weaving, manufacturing banana fibre products

TIRUCHI: Putting in a buy-back arrangement in place, the Tiruchi District Tiny and Small Scale Industries’ Association (TIDITSSIA) has launched a programme under STED (Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development) of the Department of Science and Technology to initiate 30 village women into augmenting income through entrepreneurial activities of door mat weaving and manufacturing banana fibre products.

The initiative that has been deemed ideal for women belonging to self-help-groups warrants per unit investment of only Rs.10,000 for purchase of manually operated ‘Thari’ machine for manufacturing the mats that are patronised well by foreign buyers and star hotels in the country. One among these prospective entrepreneurs is to be engaged in mobilising waste cotton, available in plenty, for maintaining continuous supply of inputs to the rest.

Input costs for banana fibre production is also bound to be low as Tiruchi district accounts for a huge share of banana cultivation in the country. The inputs are to be supplied by a banana fibre extraction unit that was established in the district at a cost of Rs.10 lakh under the aegis of STED.

Most of all, the question of overheads expenditure on account of power consumption does not arise in both cases. Acquisition of the skills for which a training programme has been scheduled will fetch each woman a daily income of up to Rs.200 per day, according to TIDITSSIA President S. Sridharan.

The skills to manufacture door mats from waste cotton, and table mats, hand bags and even silk sarees from banana fibre, could be learnt in a week’s time, he said, based on his assessment of the demonstrations for manufacture of these products conducted on the premises of TIDITSSIA last week.

Not only is the investment less, the returns are also assured. Also the inputs, process, and the products are eco-friendly. Banks would be more than eager to provide credit for these entrepreneurs, Mr. Sridharan pointed out.

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