PESHAWAR  - Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (Smeda) in collaboration with Dimension Stone Centre of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) organised a series of training programmes on marble value addition.

These programmes were included marble mining, marble mosaic marketing and marble mosaic processing for the SMEs of KP/FATA. The trainings on marble mosaic remain to be of great interest for the participants in special and stakeholders in general.

A certificates distribution ceremony was held at PCSIR-Dimension Stones Centre where Provincial Chief Smeda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Javed Iqbal Khattak and Officer In Charge PCSIR, A. Ghani distributed the cheques. Both organisations have expressed their desire to continue their cooperation for the improvement in the marble sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Provincial Chief Smeda Javed Iqbal Khattak stated that the utilisation of the marble waste into high value marketable products like mosaic is the need of the day.

He said that it not only utilise the waste to protect environment but also fetched good returns for the SMEs while generating employment in the labour intensive project.

The marble mosaic products developed by the trainees were highly appreciated for their good quality and fine designs.