Ukhrul Deputy Commissioner Joseph Pauline Kamson laid the foundation stone for three new projects of Ukhrul District Community Resource Management Society (UDCRMS) during a small function held at UDCRMS Resource Centre, Khuilungtang in Hungpung village on Saturday.
Unveiling the foundation stone for construction of Common Facility Centre, Water Reservoir, and Washing & Drying Shed which would come up at the society’s Resource Centre, DC Kamson asserted that the facilities once constructed would become community assets and would be for the benefits of the entire community and not just for UDCRMS.
Kamson, who is also chairman of UDCRMS Ukhrul, informed that these infrastructures would be constructed as part of an upcoming project which would set up a production/processing unit for herbal medicines and one agency would also be giving training for production of quality marketable local products.
The DC also urged the contractor to execute the construction works keeping in mind the larger interest of the community, focusing on quality and not much on profit margins and to complete the same in time.
He continued that he is putting full trust in UDCRMS Ukhrul team in fulfilling the wish of the people through the upcoming project.
He also lauded UDCRMS for its relentless community services for years, saying that UDCRMS has been doing a yeoman’s service under IFAD, NEC and others by creating various community assets in different corners of the district for the good of the community.
He further acknowledged the contributions of UDCRMS providing different means of livelihood support to NERM-G and various other SHGs across villages in the district.
Giving an introductory speech at the occasion, Lily Rose Jajo, district project director, UDCRMS, Ukhrul said that the foundation stone for the construction was laid as partial fulfilment of an upcoming project which is to establish a medicinal herbs extraction unit with Associated Production Cluster (APC) for revival of traditional herbal medicine system in Manipur.
She said that the objective of the new project is to set up an extraction unit of medicinal herbs which is to help promote and enhance cultivation of traditional medicinal and herbal plants while also building capacity for sustainable harvesting and post-harvest techniques.
“Through this project, we are looking into different potentials of farming and production of traditional medicinal herbs and plants like turmeric, ginger, lemon grass, muringa (trumstic) and others by engaging the community,” she disclosed, adding that there are currently 16 villages under UDCRMS in the district.
According to Jajo, the project is being implemented under Technology Development Centre Process and Product Development Centre (PPDC) Foundry Nagar, Agra as Nodal Agency and Nisarg Agripreneurship Foundation, Agra as Technical Agency.
She said that the project is sanctioned under the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Govt. of India and is scheduled for completion in 3 years.