Project BOLD : Khadi and Village Industries Commission’ (KVIC)

Project BOLD: KVIC

The ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission’ (KVIC) and the Border Security Force have started ‘Project BOLD’ in Jaisalmer to prevent desertification and boost the rural economy.

Under this project, 1000 bamboo saplings have been planted by them.

About ‘Project BOLD’:

  • BOLD stands for “Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought– BOLD”. This project has been started by ‘Khadi and Village Industries Commission’ (KVIC).
  • The project is part of the Khadi Bamboo Festival organized by the Khadi Village Industries Commission to commemorate the 75th Independence Day of the country.

Objective of this project:

Developing bamboo based green belts in arid and semi-arid land areas, reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multidisciplinary rural industry support.

Why was ‘Bamboo’ chosen in the project?

Bamboo grows very fast and can be harvested over a period of about three years. Bamboo is also known to conserve water and reduce evaporation of water from the land surface, which is a characteristic of arid and drought-prone areas.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission:

  • KVIC is a statutory body established under the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956 (Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act, 1956).
  • The main function of the commission is to plan, organize and implement programs for the development of Khadi and other village industries in rural areas in coordination with other agencies engaged in rural development.
  • It works under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Source – The Hindu

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