Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 14, 2019: National Bamboo Mission, Manipur on Friday organised a state level workshop on the theme ‘Bamboo Resource and Product Development’ at the City Convention Centre, Imphal.
Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar said bamboo plantation can be an alternative to jhum cultivation in the state. It can help in socio-economic upliftment of the bamboo growers and artisans.
Bamboo products like bamboo shoot is one the most popular delicacies in the dtate. The plant is also used in making other infrastructures and high quality bamboo plantation will improve the financial condition of the farmers and artisans, said the minister.
Lauding the forest officials for presenting bamboo saplings instead of bouquet in the function, he said, if different types of saplings are presented to the dignitaries at functions then definitely people will inculcate the habit of planting which will help in environment conservation.
Additional chief secretary Suhel Akhtar said although bamboo resource is abundantly available in the state, the quality of bamboo is not commercially viable. He informed that the National Bamboo Mission, Manipur is working to get quality planting material and special units to process it and ultimately showcase the final products in the country and in foreign countries like Myanmar.
Additional PCCF (NBM & MP), state mission director, National Bamboo Mission Dr. DD Haokip said Manipur is one of the most important bamboo growing states in the country with bearing area of 10,687 sq km.
For activities for bamboo product development activities like treatment, value addition and waste management of bamboo are important, he added.
He said National Bamboo Mission, Manipur has started establishment of one high tech nursery in Imphal, 10 big nurseries and 5 small nurseries in all the districts of the state to produce quality product material. It along with forest department have started work for establishment of primary processing unit in Sawombung (Imphal East), Noney, Churachandpur and Tengnoupal districts to facilitate supply of raw materials and benefit bamboo growers and artisans.
He said National Bamboo Mission, Manipur has proposed 4 treatment plants and 4 bamboo waste units this year to facilitate these processing units.
The bamboo growing districts can benefit from the processing units and common facility centers where growers can sell raw materials and artisans can profit from skill development and training programmes, he added.
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