Company Name:Tamul Plates Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Tamul Plates Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Arindam Dasgupta - CEO
TPMPL is a
producer’s initiative, generating livelihood in rural North East India, by
producing and marketing eco friendly arecanut leaf disposable dinnerware.
Problem: The unemployment rate in NE is increasing and
there is high dependence on the primary sector. Agricultural activities are
also affected due to lack or excess of rainfall and with increasing literacy the rural youth is also not to
keen to do traditional activities. This is leading them towards anti-social
behavior. The way out is to promote micro enterprises amongst the rural youth.
NE has a huge supply of natural resources which can be value added into many
high demand products with use of appropriate technology.
Solution: The arecanut palm is one of the important
commercial crops of NE. Though the betelnut is used widely in various forms yet
the sheath attached to the leaf is considered as a waste. The disposable
dinnerware made out of arecanut sheaths have better dimensional stability
besides being hygienic, biodegradable and microwave safe. Due to its qualities,
it has a huge market in India and internationally. There is more than 100,000
hectares of arecanut plantation in NE and more than 5000 arecanut plate micro
enterprises can be promoted if only 30% of the available resources can be
tapped. Each unit generates additional livelihood for around 30 people. TPMPL
is a company jointly promoted by the arecanut leaf plate producers of Assam,
with the objective of generating employment for more than 50,000 of rural
youth. Our vision is to make it a 100 crore rural green enterprise.
Impact: Over the last 3 years TPMPL has promoted more than 100 arecanut leaf
plate units and thereby generating livelihood for more than 2000 rural youth.
TPMPL also employs 42 local youth in its own production and packaging
facilities. Through marketing of arecanut disposable dinnerware we are also
replacing 100MT of toxic styrofoam / thermocol plates (each kg of these plates
generates 6kgs of CO2
emission) annually. Over the next 3 years we want reach 600 units, 12000 youth
and 1000MT of plates annually. All these by utilising arecanut sheaths, which
is regarded as a waste today.
Investment Needed: INR:
Rs.50,00,000.00 (Rupees Fifty lakhs) that is USD: Around $75,000.00 (Seventy Five thousand dollars)