Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB),
Thiruvananthapuram under the DST - SHRI program, the Government
of India has supported the Astra Tribal Society to establish a
unit for the processing and value addition of Non-timber forest
products (NTFPs) at Makkimala, Thavinjal Grama panchayat,
Wayanad District. The established unit was handed over to the
Tribal Society by Prof. Chandrabhas Narayana, Director, RGCB on
17th January 2023. Through this project, RGCB opened up a way
for the tribals to improve their quality of life by upgrading
their traditional occupation through scientific interventions.
15 tribal families of the region are directly benefitting
through this effort.