Training session on non-timber forest held
CHITRAL: The people of the areas flanking in lower Chitral
were imparted with skill trainings on how to extract the non-timber
forest produce from the forest thereby generating additional source
of income to reduce poverty and change their living standard for
Two training sessions were held in Chitral and Bumburate under the
aegis of the directorate of Non-Timber Forest Products participated
by more than two hundred farmers of the area.
The farmers were told on the concluding ceremony that the
non-timber forest produce had a large volume of produce in the
forests of Lower and central Chitral but they had been neglected
since long due to the lack of knowledge.
Training was imparted on the friendly collection of chalghuza,
mushroom, medicinal plants, and management of apiculture and
sericulture to ensure their profitability.
The speakers said that there was a complete ignorance about the
importance of non-timber forest products in Chitral due to which
they have been subjected to wastage considering them of trivial
value while unfriendly exploitation has also harmed them.
District director agriculture, Jan Muhammad and retired block
officer of forest department Ahmed Baig were chief guests on the
concluding ceremonies in Chitral and Bumburate respectively who
distributed participation certificates to the participants.
Assistant director, NTFP Chitral, Shafiullah described in detail
the working plan for the management of the resources in which the
local communities have been given the pivotal role in
He said that the community will be strengthened through trainings
and kits will be provided to the collectors while steps will also
be taken to facilitate them in making a linkage between the farmers
and the market so that they could be able to sell their produce on