Guwahati: For the socio-economic development of the tribal population of the country, the chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has launched ‘TRISSAM – Value added products from the tribes of Assam’ under the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) on Tuesday.
The brand TRISSAM essentially includes a range of products that have been sourced, processed and packed by the tribal communities of Assam. These products in its raw form are basically the exclusive forest procedure of each specific district which manufactures the specific product.
The main aim of Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana is to ensure empowerment of the tribal communities of Assam, with TRISSAM being the face of this scheme.
TRIFED, ministry of Tribal Affairs, government of India, is the State Nodal Agency and Assam Plain Tribes Development Corporation Ltd. (APTDC Ltd.), government of Assam is the implementing agency for this program in Assam.
TRIFED in Assam has sanctioned 50 Van Dan Vikas Kendra (VDVK’s) under the scheme covering 13 districts of the state. The brand that is taking shape from the forest produces collected by the tribal communities of Assam. In the next phase of our training programme, the institute is looking forward to value add products such as ‘Black Rice’, ‘BhootJolokia (King Chilli)’, ‘Wild Honey’, ‘Black Pepper’, ‘Joha Rice’, ‘Jack fruit Seeds’, ‘Dried oyster Mushroom’s’ etc.
Stepping ahead with the vision of the scheme, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) is constantly engaging with the tribal communities of the State and working towards bringing optimum outcomes by ensuring quality training programmes in Assam.
IIE has supported these beneficiaries by purchasing the unsold resources such as ‘Jackfruit Seeds’ and ‘Joha Rice’ in the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Jackfruit seeds are abundantly found in the area due to maximum availability of these trees depending on the climatic conditions. Through MSP the institute has been able to provide a market for the communities in the difficult time of COVID-19 and is able to create a source of income for the people.