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Guidelines for Pottery Activity and Beekeeping Activity

Guidelines for Pottery Activity and Beekeeping Activity

Context:

The  Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has now come out with new guidelines for schemes related to ‘Pottery Activity’ and ‘Beekeeping Activity'.

Details:

  • For ‘Pottery Activity’ Government will provide assistance of a pottery wheel, Clay Blunger, Granulator, etc. It will also provide Wheel Pottery Training for traditional pottery artisans and Press Pottery training for pottery as well as non-pottery artisans in Self Help Groups.
  • There is also a provision to provide a Jigger-Jolly training program for pottery as well as a non-pottery artisan in Self Help Groups.

Objectives:

  • To enhance the production, technical knowhow of pottery artisans and to develop new products at reduced costs;
  • To enhance the income of pottery artisans through training and modern equipment;
  • To provide skill-development to SHGs of pottery-artisans on focused /decorative products, with new pottery designs;
  • To encourage the successful traditional potter to set up a unit under the PMEGP scheme;

Schemes for POTTERY improvements:

  • Skill-development training on products like cooking-wares, khullad, water bottles, decorator products, mural, etc. to SHGs of pottery-artisans has been introduced.
  • The focus of the new Scheme is to enhance the production, technical knowhow of pottery artisans, and efficiency of potter energy kilns to reduce the cost of production to support 6075 artisans.
  • An amount of Rs.19.50 crore will be expended for the year 2020-21
  • An additional amount of Rs. 50.00 crore has been provisioned for setting up clusters in Terracotta, Red clay pottery under the SFURTI scheme of the Ministry.

Scheme for ‘Beekeeping Activity’:

  • The government will provide assistance to Bee boxes, tool kits, etc. Under this scheme, Bee boxes, with Bee colonies, will also be distributed to Migrant workers in Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan (PMGKRA) districts.
  • A 5 days’ beekeeping training will also be provided to the beneficiaries through various Training Centres /State Beekeeping Extension Centres/ Master Trainers as per the prescribed syllabus.
  • Financial support of Rs.13.00 crore during 2020-21 has been provisioned to support 2050 artisans.
  • An additional amount of Rs. 50.00 crore has also been kept for developing Beekeeping honey clusters under the ' SFURTI scheme of the Ministry.

Objectives:

  • To create sustainable employment for the beekeepers/farmers;
  • To provide supplementary income for beekeepers/farmers;
  • To create awareness about Honey and other Hive Products;
  • To help artisans adopt scientific Beekeeping & Management practices;
  • To utilize available natural resources in beekeeping;

Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI)

  • It was launched in 2005 by the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

Objectives:

  • To organize the traditional industries and artisans into clusters to make them more competitive.
  • To provide sustained employment for traditional industry artisans
  • To equip traditional artisans of the associated clusters with the improved skills and capabilities through training and exposure visits;

The following schemes are being merged into SFURTI:

  • The Scheme for Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness of Khadi Industry and Artisans
  • The Scheme for Product Development, Design Intervention, and Packaging 
  • The Scheme for Rural Industries Service Center

Source: PIB