MSME minister inaugurates MSME Technology Centre Imphal

Imphal: Union minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME), Narayan Rane on Wednesday inaugurated the New MSME Technology Centre, Imphal virtually at MSME Technology Centre Imphal, Food park Nilakuthi, Imphal East.

Deputy director of MSME Technology Imphal, Sinam Yoirentomba Meeitei said, “The Ministry of Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSME), under its flagship programme Technology Centres Systems Programme (TCSP) with the World Bank assistance, is establishing 15 new Technology Centres (Earlier known as Tool Room and Training Centers) at various parts of the country at an estimated project cost of Rs 2,200 crores.”

“MSME Technology Centre Imphal is one of these 15 new TCs. This Technology centre will be first for the state of Manipur and the whole North East with a focus on Aromatic and Medicinal plants, and a target of becoming a centre of excellence in Aromatic and Medicinal Plants in North East India,” he added.

The Foundation stone was laid by Kalraj Mishra, the then Union minister of MSME in the presence of Giriraj Singh, the then minister of state, MSME, on April 9, 2016, with FFDC Kannauj to serve as mentor TC. The government of Manipur has allotted 5 acres of land at Food Park, Nilakuthi, Imphal East district, to establish the Centre, with a state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Yoirentomba said the centre at Imphal will have an administrative building, quality assessment laboratory, facilities for processing and value addition of medicinal plants and essential oils, training hall, hostel and herbal garden etc.

“MSME TC Imphal is in an advanced stage of establishment to provide end-to-end technical support: Agrotechnology – Market linkage with a focus on Medicinal and Aromatic plants (MAPs) for transforming job seekers into job givers utilizing locally available bioresources in the form of MAPs,” he added.

It will also work to serve, sustain and upgrade the status of farmers and industry engaged in aromatic and medicinal plant cultivation, its processing and value addition so as to make them competitive both in the local and global market, he said.

Yoirentomba said the centre will be focussing on the areas of innovation and development centre, process and value addition, quality testing and assurance, packing and marketing, and training for cultivation, processing and marketing, entrepreneurship and others.

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