All the components related to bamboo value chain were obtained by the participants through this workshop. The bamboo value chain includes planting, production, processing, standardization and utilization.
Bamboo is a fast growing grass. It usually looks like a wood. It is found in tropical, sub-tropical and mild temperate regions.
In terms of bamboo diversity, India ranks second and China ranks first.
Benefits of bamboo cultivation:
- This conserves water. It reduces the evaporation of water from the surface.
- It has a special ability to repair and improve the damaged soil. Hence it is an ideal option to regenerate degraded soil.
Uses of Bamboo:
It is used in construction materials, agricultural equipment, furniture, musical instruments, food items, handicrafts, large bamboo based industries (paper pulp, rayon etc.), packaging etc.
Measures taken to promote bamboo cultivation
- 22 bamboo clusters have been set up in 9 states for planting and raising nursery and for development of bamboo related products.
- The restructured National Bamboo Mission was launched in the year 2018-19 for holistic development of the entire value chain of the sector.
- The Indian Forest Act 1927 has been amended in the year 2017 to remove bamboo from the definition of a tree. Thus, now there is no need to obtain permission for harvesting and transporting bamboo grown outside the forest.
Source – The Hindu