Odisha launches a footwear manufacturing pilot project.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission in Nayagarh district has started a pilot project for footwear manufacturing . Around 20 leather artisans from the area will go through two months of training .

BHUBANESWAR (BHUBANESWAR): The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in Nayagarh district has started a pilot project for footwear manufacturing.Before launching the production of shoes, around 20 leather artisans from the area will go through two months of training.These artisans are part of two Dasapalla self-help organisations (SHGs).The instruction will be provided by master trainers from the Central Footwear Technology Institute, Agra.

Leather craftsmen, he says, have a long tradition.Since the fifteenth century, their ancestors have been involved in the manufacture of various kinds of leather articles.According to him, the trainee leather artisans are mainly involved in leather craft.On Friday, the refresher course began.

After completion of the course, the participants will be given machines and tools worth Rs 5 lakh.According to the director, assistance would also be given to establish new sales counters.By utilizing modern technologies, Mohanty said that the artisans will learn new skills in footwear designs and production procedures.The women artisans can choose to work with technology and mechanical techniques rather than rely on manual methods as in previous years.

The Odisha rural development and marketing society (ORMAS), an autonomous body under the panchayati raj and drinking water department, and the KVIC state office have signed a memorandum of understanding under which ORMAS will provide marketing assistance to the artisans and support them in various ORMAS-sponsored exhibitions throughout the state.There is no departmental store in Bhubaneswar at the KVIC state office so far.ORMAS is a marketing company that operates in the United States.