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     June 21,  2015



Training session on non-timber forest held

By Zahiruddin

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 better.

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 implementation.

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 competitive prices.



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