Government to promote bamboo products

The State Government has decided to formulate a policy for bamboo  charcoal products and promote the sale of crafts with bamboo.

Self-help groups (SHGs) will be involved in Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts to create a market for bamboo and bamboo products. The Chief Minister also reviewed the activities of the Bamboo Mission at the meeting. Seven per cent of bamboo cultivated in the country is from Orissa. The State is third in bamboo production in the country leaving aside the North-Eastern states.

Official sources said around 50,000 families depend on bamboo for their livelihood, majority of whom are economically-backward. Naveen directed the Mission to launch programmes keeping an eye on their livelihood.

It was decided that those varieties of bamboo will be planted which the workers find easy to handle in the handicraft sector. So far, 134 bamboo nurseries have been set up in the State. It was decided that five more will be set up during the year.

A target has been fixed to plant bamboo in 10,000 hectare forest land and 5,000 hectare private land. Besides, it was decided that training will be imparted to 5,000 workers in handicrafts sector. Official sources said 60 lakh mandays were created through different activities of the Bamboo Mission.

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