NABARD introduces initiatives to promote eco-cultural tourism in Arunachal

Pankhi Sarma

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Itanagar: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched a project in Kabu village, located in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, to promote eco-cultural tourism.

The project aims to harness the immense potential of the state for eco-cultural tourism and provide a relaxing getaway for city dwellers amidst pristine nature.

The project was launched by NABARD General Manager Partho Saha, with the support of the Young Men's Adventure Club (YMAC) as the implementing agency. The YMAC has the responsibility of sensitizing entrepreneurs about the importance of conservation in the context of cultural eco-tourism.

The project focuses on preserving, promoting, and propagating the unique culture of the Galo community, the local community in the area.

It includes initiatives such as establishing homestays, creating an 'Ethnographic Centre' to showcase local cuisines, handicrafts, folklore, tribal religion, mythology, livelihoods, and family structure. These efforts are not only expected to attract tourists but also generate substantial income for all stakeholders involved.

Additionally, NABARD has sanctioned three skill development programs as part of the project. These programs include training on 'Travel & Tour Guides,' 'Food & Beverage,' and 'Basic Computers & Spoken English.' The aim is to build the capacity of various stakeholders, enabling them to become successful tourism-based entrepreneurs.

NABARD district development manager (DDM) OP Mounglang in his speech highlighted about the 3 Skill Development Programmes, sanctioned by NABARD, in connection with the Project, on ‘Travel & Tour Guides’, ‘Food & Beverage’ and ‘Basic Computers & Spoken English’. He said the programme aims for capacity building of the various stakeholders to facilitate their graduation into successful tourism-based entrepreneurs.

O P Mounglang said, “Kabu village already has a reputation as the cleanest village in the district, having been awarded the prize for the last two consecutive years”.

Saha speaking to Business-Northeast said, "The total funds allocated for the cultural eco-tourism project is Rs. 15 lakhs, and with around Rs. 8-10 lakhs sanctioned specifically for the three skill development programs.

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