Bamboo day observation underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 18, 2018: A two-day World Bamboo Day was kicked off today with a Bamboo rally from Kanga, Manipur heritage site till Singjamei community hall where bamboo enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the occasion.

Local bamboo products ranging from marketing bags, decorative, cycles, lamps, kitchen wares and furniture were displayed in crafts fair opened in connection with the  bamboo day.

Manipur Speaker Yumnam  Khemchand who attended as chief guest said Bamboo products are of great demand outside the state. If we promote bamboo crafts people and the industry it will contribute a good share in the state’s economy.

He launched the crafts fair at the celebration complex.

“I would keep extending my support to promote bamboo industry in Manipur,” said the Speaker.

Saying that bamboo gets matures only in three years the Speaker appealed the people in the state to support utilising bamboo as substitutes of wood as bamboo gets matures only in three years.

Haobam Sukumar, coordinator, Bamboo Forum of India said bamboo is environment friendly and durable and we celebrate this day to spread awareness on bamboo use. Out of 51 bamboo species grown in Manipur mission experts have so far identified 10 bamboo samples which are economically viable and there are more species which are yet to identify.

The world bamboo day was first celebrated on September 18, 2009 at Prachan Buri, Thailand. In Manipur it was first celebrated in 2011.

State mission director, National Bamboo Mission, DD. Haokip said the mission is ready to provide all forms of support in its capacity to the bamboo industrialists. It has definite services schemes and provisions to help promote the entrepreneurs. We will try to harness the maximum possible potentials, he added.

Bamboo was once among the restricted list of forest products is no more restricted in order to facilitate the entrepreneurs, said the director.

Bamboo saplings were also distributed for free to those who participated in the gathering.

The event was sponsored by National Bamboo Mission (Manipur Chapter) in co-ordination with various departments including commerce and industries, handloom and textiles, horticulture and soil conservation, agriculture, environment and ecology wing, planning and university and higher education.

A symposium on bamboo use will be held on Thursday while a painting competition was scheduled on September 23.

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