Kendrapara, August 12 (localWire): The Ambassador of Republic of Burundi, Stella Budiriganya, was given a warm and traditional welcome by the villagers of Bhagabanpur in Kendrapara district today during her first visit to the state.
She interacted with the school children, farmers, fishermen, SHG members.
She was interested to know more about golden grass from craftsmen who developed the art of making items out of Kaincha grass.
Women SHG members told her that golden grass hats, baskets, hand-fans, table-mats, flower-pots made in the village are now well known and in great demand. Women have been eking out their livelihoods by making gold grass craft items.
‘We told the ambassador that the SHG movement has gained importance over the years as the government implements several schemes through them,’ said Samir Samal, a chartered accountant who accompanied the ambassador during her visit.
Addressing the villagers, Budiriganya said, ‘Odisha is a beautiful state and it has rich history, culture and tradition.
This is a great opportunity for me to visit this small village.
We will do some developmental works in this village in partnership with our government and some international organizations.’
She also praised the government for the mid-day meal scheme in schools.
Students and teachers interacted with her when the Ambassador visited two schools.
President of the school management committee, Bimbadhar Rout, village committee president, Bijay Kumar Behera, secretary of Kendrapara Urban Bank Sushil Kumar Samal and others were present during the visit of ambassador.