New Delhi: The Union ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare has approved the formation of an advisory panel for streamlining the development of the bamboo sector. The advisory group encompasses the representation of various stakeholders viz., academicians, researchers, innovators, progressive entrepreneurs, designers, farmer leaders, marketing specialists and policy makers.
The subject experts and other stakeholders who are actively working in the bamboo sector will advise about the areas to be focused as well as the policy interventions to be taken in coordination with other stakeholders of the sector. The Union agriculture secretary will be the chairperson and while mission director of National Bamboo Mission (NBM) will be the convener of the committee.
The members of the committee shall advise the Union agriculture ministry on issues and technologies in propagation, plantation of bamboo & intercropping, primary processing, product development, value addition, market infrastructure and linkages, processing machineries, skill development etc.
The inter-ministerial and public-private consultation is envisaged to dovetail the bamboo initiatives of the ministries/departments and to help revamp the developmental architecture of the sector by incorporating synergy between all the sections related to the bamboo value chain.
The restructured NBM, which was launched in 2018-19 as a centrally sponsored scheme, mainly focuses on the development of complete value chain of bamboo sector to link growers with consumers starting from planting material, plantation, creation of facilities for collection, aggregation, processing, marketing, micro, small & medium enterprises, skilled manpower and brand building initiative in a cluster approach mode.
Over the years of the interventions through policy, facilitations and awareness creations, the bamboo industry is witnessing a phase change by the opening of multiple avenues of the resource utilization.
Recently, the Prime Minister inaugurated the new terminal of the Bengaluru (Kempagowda) Airport, in which the versatility of bamboo as an architectural and structural material has been proved and the destiny of this green resource defined as the ‘green steel’. Apart from using in the construction sector as design and structural element, the potential of bamboo is multifaceted.
Ecofriendly mouldable granules from bamboo can replace the use of plastic. Bamboo is a reliable source for the ethanol and bio-energy production due to its fast rate of growth and abundance. The market of Bamboo based lifestyle products, cutleries, home decors, handicrafts and cosmetics also is in a growth path. The NBM is striving to bring the benefits of this growing sector to the farmers and human resources of the Nation.