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Handicraft sector encouraged to create best out of waste
Feb '10
Business of creating 'best out of waste', that is the art of converting natural resources which society treats as litter, in to useful products by processing them is prospering in the country and has an ability to contribute significantly to economic growth, but this is possible only if the craftsmen are traced, trained and encouraged.

Craftsmen are spread out across most of the regions of Cameroon and people of all walks of life are involved in the same. Genuineness of the commodities and also the caliber of the people engaged in their creation, invites focus from consumers.

Amid others, wood carving, weaving, dyeing, sculpture making are some of the resourceful talents of Cameroonians. Like in case of other white collar jobs, literacy is not a prerequisite for crafts work as anyone can manage to do it, irrespective of their qualification.

The Cameroon International Handicrafts Exhibition held in Yaounde which concluded recently, reflected the country's handicraft potential establishing that a craftsman in the midst of other craft works, also the skill to develop waste plastic paper to produce roofing and pavement tiles, processing snails for export and producing clothes from banana stems.

From all over the country, ranging right from the divisional to regional levels, out of the thousands, over 500 craftsmen were selected to visit Yaounde to exhibit their skills.

Promoting those who have shined, would allow them to transpire and thereby generating employment opportunities and decreasing absolute reliance on government for scanty jobs. Due to this the citizens will also find an opportunity for maximum utilization of the massive natural resources with which the country is endowed and also take back the country from an importer to an exporter.

In order to attain this goal, efforts like encouraging the craftsmen and instilling in citizen the ethos of utilizing home made goods should go hand in hand. Exhibitors at the exhibition, moaned of insignificant recognition being provided to home made goods and that this has made them to believe that something prepared in Cameroon is tantamount to poor quality.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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