Gemstone processing centers established in three districts

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The Cottage and Small Industries Development Board has established gemstones processing goods development centers in three districts in the past nine to ten years.

The centers meant for cutting, polishing and drilling of gemstones have been established in Surkhet (2065 BS) and Dhading and Doti (last year).

Prior to establishing such centers, the board identified districts relatively storing a high quantity of gemstones. Of 800 types of gemstones available in the world, eight types including Kainite, tourmaline, quartz, aquamarine, garnet, danburite and hambergite are found in Nepal.

According to deputy executive director of the board Binod Dev Pant, the board is providing three-month training on gemstone cutting, polishing and drilling for youths every year.

As stated by spokesperson of the Department of Mines and Geology Krishna Dev Jha, Nepal's mountainous region has a good storage of gemstones relatively than other areas.

Surkeht, Dailkeh, Kalikot, Lamjung, Gorkha, Dhading, Sankhuwasabha, Taplejung, Okhaldhunga are identified as potential natural storehouse of gemstones. RSS

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