Participants, trainers pose for a photo after the training
BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) organized a two-day training session for rural women of Qurumbar National Park situated in Ghizer valley of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The activity helped at least 48 women learn collection, processing and value addition of sea buckthron fruit and seed in Qurumbar, one of the remotest valleys of Gilgit – Baltistan.
Faizullah Khan from Pakistan Council of Science and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Skardu was the resource person in the training organised by WWF for rural women of Qurumbar National Park in collaboration with Qurumbar Social Welfare, Conservation and Development Organization (QSWCDO). It was held under the framework of KNCF funded project, “participatory management of Qurumbar National Park, Ghizer from September 28-29,2015.
The participating women were from the buffer zone valleys of Qurumbar National Park. “The purpose of the activity was to train the local women in sea buckthorn fruit processing, value addition, marketing and generate income to improve socioeconomic conditions and meet food security,” Rehmat Ali of WWF told Outpost on Wednesday.
Besides the women, QSWCDO’s members also attended the training.
“The participants were trained in preparation of four products Jam, Juice, squash and pulp prepared from sea buckthorn fruits, seed,” said Ali, adding they were also trained in preparation of jam from apple.
On the last day, participants were given certificates by Roshan Ali, president QSWCDO, who was the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, he stressed the participants to continue preparation of products in their villages. QSWCDO will help to explore its marketing.
The session was also addressed by Abdul Qayyum, Finance Secretary, QSWCDO and Rehmat Ali of WWF.