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Nine LBIs, one in each Districts have been established

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Imphal, Sept. 12: To support processing and hands on training, nine Livelihood Business Incubators (LBIs) one in each districts of the State have been established. These nine LBIs are going to play a crucial role in Make in Manipur initiative.
 Out of 22 Livelihood Business Incubators (LBIs) sanctioned by Government of India under ASPIRE (A Scheme for Promoting innovation, rural industry and entrepreneurship) Scheme, nine  LBIs that is about 41% have been sanctioned in the tiny State of Manipur at a total cost of Rs. 792.48 lakh. Out of sanctioning 22 LBIs for the country, the tiny State of Manipur got the nine LBIs and about  41% have also been sanctioned at a total cost of Rs. 792.48 lakh.
In addition, one rapid Incubation Centre is being set up by National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. (NSIC) in Imphal. By availing the facilities provided by these Incubators, people can get themselves trained in their chosen trades and become successful entrepreneurs.
Moreover, the Commerce and Industry Department, Government of Manipur  is all setting up one Common Facility Centre (CFC) at a cost of Rs 15 crore each in every district for providing manpower training to the farmers and other related infrastructures. 
Farmers can avail these opportunities for manufacturing their own products. Diagnostic Study Reports have already been accepted by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India and Commerce and Industries Department has submitted necessary Detailed Project Reports. These CFCs will be area specific, that is, will basically be based on the availability of raw materials in the respective district.
The proposed CFCs are as Floriculture (Dry Flowers, Cut Flowers, Aromatic & medicinal Plants, etc.), Senapati; Bamboo Processing (bamboo shoot manufacturing and other bamboo-based handicraft items), Chandel; Spices processing, Churachandpur; Fruit Processing, Tamenglong; Food Processing (lemon, orange, passion fruit, spices, chili, etc),Ukhrul; Pineapple Processing, Imphal East; Plastic Processing, Imphal West; Fish Processing and Fish Processing, Thoubal.
In handloom sector, as per National Handloom Census Report 2010 Manipur has 2.04 lakh handloom workers and 1.90 lakh looms. Taking the ratio of population with handloom weavers of the country, Manipur has highest concentration of both looms and weavers in the country with 7% and 7.5% respectively. The State has 6 working powerlooms and 5 training powerlooms. However, handloom has tremendous potential and advantages over powerloom due to domination of womenfolk in the handloom weaving in Manipur.
Therefore, it is required to continue to give some more interventions in this sector for providing basic inputs and other allied supports of Government for handloom weavers. These measures would specially be warranted for some years more while observing the impact in the handloom sector from the Central Govt. schemes.
The scheme was newly introduced in 2015-16 by merging all other general handloom schemes. Under this scheme, Clusters will be set up at Block level, having concentration of handlooms at the cost of Rs.2.00 crore each. In a Block, more than one cluster may also be taken up depending upon need-base with respect to the number of handlooms.
The  National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP)has many sub-components, like, baseline survey/diagnostic study, consortium building, raw material, design development, product diversification, infrastructure (CFC), publicity & marketing, basic input, skill upgradation, construction of worksheds, solar lighting system, engagement of Cluster Development, Textile Designer-Cum-Marketing Executive and project management.
The objectives of NHDP are to follow need based approach for integrated and holistic development of handlooms and welfare of handloom weavers, to support weavers, both within and outside the cooperative fold including self help groups, NGOs etc. towards raw material, design inputs, technology up-gradation, marketing support through exhibitions, to create permanent infrastructure in the form of Urban Haats, marketing complexes, setting up of Weavers Service Centre (WSCs) and development of web portal for e-marketing of handloom products etc.
Govt. of India has also approved and sanctioned 10 Nos. of Block Level Handloom Clusters in each district of Manipur in 2015-16 at a total project cost of Rs.16 crore to cover a target of 18500 weavers of Manipur.

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