Society (Himmotthan), Dehradun
Himalayan Nettle fibre: a community-based
approach to sustainable harvesting,
value addition and marketing
Activities within the grant:
The project would take up the best practices
identified in the pilot and scale up the
same through a cluster-based approach to
ensure better value for money through fibre-based
applications, besides diversifying the existing
usage patterns of fibre in new areas identified.
It would be implemented through three partners,
with support from UBFDB, in different parts
of the state, to achieve all-inclusive growth
of the natural fibre sector of Uttarakhand.
Interventions will be focused in the following
||Raw material collection
and primary processing in three blocks
of Chamoli district (Dewal, Dasoli and
|| Centralised secondary processing
at Ghat in Chamoli district
||Yarn and product development
(Munsyari in Pithoragarh district and
Ghat in Chamoli district)
||Carding (Chamba, Tehri
||Marketing, which will
be carried out from Dehradun.
A total of 14 clusters will be covered
under the project, reaching out to 300 artisans
directly and 700 community members indirectly.
The project aims to establish a model of
Himalayan Nettle fibre as a viable enterprise.
Key activities planned include:
||Cluster appraisal and
preparation of micro-plans for specific
|| Resource collection and processing
||Establishment of three
primary processing and one centralised
secondary processing unit
||Capacity building of
||Publications and outreach
||Brand building and marketing.
The proposed project is expected to bring
50 hectares under Himalayan Nettle, through
seed collection and direct seed sowing to
ensure ecological balance. The plantation
activities will be undertaken by partners
involved in the extraction of Himalayan
Nettle. The plantation programme would lead
to additional availability of raw material
to artisans to the tune of 50kg nettle yarn
per artisan annually, from year 2010 onwards.
Extraction process will be further standardised,
thus, time taken by artisans to collect
raw material and other primary and secondary
processes is expected to decrease by one
hour per day, which in itself will help
enhance income by 15 per cent by the second
year of the project. It is estimated that
an increase in annual income to the tune
of Rs12,000 18,000 can be achieved
by the second year through natural fibre-based
livelihood promotion interventions.
The project will train more than 1,000
artisans and community members in nettle
fibre-based interventions directed to add
value to their present process and product
range. Craft-centric training manuals, craft
documents, bilingual guides for artisans
and product catalogues will be developed
during the project to facilitate the marketing
ventures. The project interventions are
also expected to shift the nettle utilisation
rates from the current 40-50 per cent to
75 per cent. Also, an additional area of
50 hectares will be covered through direct
seed sowing to maintain the resource base.
It is pertinent to note that the United
Nations has declared 2009 as the International
Year of Natural Fibres.