Value-added products at the foot of Phonkanrazi snow-capped mountain to contribute towards increased incomes for families

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The Phonkanrazi ice-capped mountain is located at the Myanmar-India border. The majority of local people are engaged in traditional farming, hunting and production of domestic crops as their livelihoods.

The weaving and vocational training school in Myitkyina of Kachin State decided to conduct the short-term vocational courses starting from July this year due to requests of local youths from Ziyadam Village located at the foot of Phonkanrazi snow-capped mountain in Manse Village-tract in PutaO Township.
The six-month training courses will contribute to the systematic production of domestic products in modern technologies to produce value-added products so that it will create job opportunities and raise family incomes.
“As Ziyadam Village is located at the foot of the snow-capped mountain, homegrown and foreign tourists often pay a visit there. If the production techniques can be shared with local people to manufacture domestic personal goods, foodstuffs and traditional crafts as souvenirs for travelling, it will be a drive to raise incomes for individuals, families and the region. Hence, we will give training to the local youths to have outstanding skills,” said U Aung Maung, head of the Kachin State Small Scale Industries Department.
The training course will consist of techniques for operating the weaving, tailoring, natural dyeing and production of souvenirs. Such area produces Cordyceps, walnut, damson, peach, mango, Rhododendron, various species of orchid and others.
“The Phonkanrazi ice-capped mountain is located at the Myanmar-India border. The majority of local people are engaged in traditional farming, hunting and production of domestic crops as their livelihoods. But it may harm the environment in a long run. That is why local youths requested the department to conduct the vocational courses in order to mitigate the environmental degradation,” said the head of the Kachin State department.
If the department can conduct the training courses on the operation of rattan and bamboo works to produce souvenirs for tourists, manufacturing of value-added foodstuff and personal goods, operation of weaving and tailoring and repairing of motorcycles, human resources and technologies can be combined with each other for raising the livelihoods as expected. Consequently, local people will have the chance to be free from too much reliance on domestic products and to increase the job opportunities and increased income from the ecotourism services. — Phon Kan (PutaO)

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