Text of Bamboo Marketing, Bamboo Technology, Bamboo Boards,Bamboo Furniture
1. Other than the basic elements of the Earth, if there is one natural resource that constitutes thesocial and economic life and the culture of the North East Region (NER), it is bamboo. It is aboon that this vibrant, multi-faceted resource is green and renewable. The people of the NER,especially the poor, rural and the tribal people have used and harnessed this resource for theirvery basic needs for centuries. This has created a sound and sustained pattern of use and thenecessary skills and expertise to manipulate and fashion this material for a large number ofapplications and uses. Advances in bamboo technology and related applications have enablednot only an expansion of the use of the resource in new and key areas but also to generatesubstantial value addition, which in turn makes it possible for the producers and users to earnhigher incomes and sustainable livelihoods. The industrial use of bamboo has substantialopportunities for equitable employment on account of decentralised production processes andvalue chains. The interventions of the National Mission on Bamboo Applications demonstratedthe efficacy and advantages of industrial uses of bamboo, value addition, income generationand technology infusion.
2. Arunachal Pradesh occupies an important position among the bamboo bearing states of India.Bamboo forms a major constituent of the forest vegetation of Arunachal Pradesh. Tropical,subtropical and temperate species are found well distributed in the State. In Arunachal Pradesh, which has about 46 bamboo species, the bamboo flora is seen up to anelevation of 2000 m or even more.
3. Bamboo is found extensively in Nagaland. It occurs as a predominant grass in parts of thedistricts of Dimapur, Peren, Mon and Mokokchung; it is found mixed with other forest speciesin all other districts. About 5% of the growing stock of bamboo of the country is in Nagalandwhich is about 4,48,000 hectares. Bamboo is an important resource in the socio-economic-ecological-climatic- functional contextfor Nagaland and the State has now taken a step in the initiative to harness the potential ofbamboo and its benefits. The State announced its bamboo policy on 15th March 2004 and withit the Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) established to undertake theprogrammes
4. Tripura is called the 'home' of bamboo. The wonder plant is intimately interwoven in the socio-culturalfabric of the State. Bamboo based economic activities are an intrinsic part of life; theimportance of the resource in the State's predominantly agrarian economy is well recognised.Bamboo finds many uses, and is a major source of income and employment as well. It isestimated that 2.46 lakh families in the State are engaged in bamboo related vocations. The Tripura Bamboo Mission is Initiative of the Government of Tripura to develop thebamboo sector in the state in a holistic manner. The mission aims to double livelihoodinvolvement and the sector turnover in a span of three years.
5. Mizoram is richly endowed with bamboo forests (6,446 sq. km), covering 31 % of the area(21,087 sq. km) of the State. The growing stock is estimated at 25.3 million tonnes, andthe potential availability at 5.8 million tonnes. Raw bamboo is sold through permits obtained from the Forest Department, and the mahalsystem. It provides significant revenue for the State. The prevailing permit and mahalsystems cover only areas half a mile on both sides of major roads and rivers. Mostbamboo resources, especially in remote and inaccessible areas are not covered.
6. Establish integrative models of small scaleenterprise, providing technology support,developing machinery and tooling, andencouraging design and product diversification. Developing and disseminating a corpus ofinformation and knowledge is the first step onthe road to change. Series of assessment,documentation and knowledge-gatheringexercises had been taken. Information iscollated and reviewed, and then disseminatedin user-friendly formats.