Prof. Harish Hirani, Director CSIR-CMERI
To understand the local socio-economic variability, the need to partner with NGOs dedicated towards local development was felt to strengthen the value-based development parameters of the exercise. In this regard, CSIR-CMERI collaborated with one NGO CDAR (Community Development Action & Reflection) to setup the Post Harvesting Centre named CSIR-CMERI-CDAR, Mizoram. A number of Skill Development Programs for Self-Help-Groups, focusing on empowerment of womenfolk have been organized. Hundreds of local participants have been trained in preservation and processing of ginger, turmeric, and pineapples. The primary target of these projects is to benefit the marginalized segment of society that does not have the means to transform its socio-economic prospects without able help and guidance from Science & Technology practitioners. As per data provided by CDAR (Details) the projects has benefitted more than 50,000 beneficiaries till date and counting. The development of the technologies was also coupled with creation of economically and socially viable Rationalized Business Model to eradicate the marketing related woes. This customised market reach out framework were also reframed to gain access to specialised markets which cater to the value-added end-products created by the CSIR-CMERI technologies.
We thank various ministers, government officials and NGO who expressed their confidence in CSIR-CMERI. This exercise of "Sustainable Rural Development" has massively benefitted the CSIR-CMERI scientists as actual users with true feedback remain active throughout and quick response on maintenance and power management has helped the scientists to develop cost effective and robust processing assembly (Technology Video) in relatively short span of time. Fourteen micro/small enterprises have already expressed interest to buy newly developed ginger processing assembly, which will help the technologies to further permeate to the society and in turn benefit millions of residents of the North East Region.