The restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM) has so far assisted setting up of 278 various bamboo based product development units including handicrafts, furniture, jewellery, bamboo shoots processing, incense sticks, fibre extraction, charcoal etc. Further, 323 Nurseries has been set up under the NBM since inception and total 800 nos. of nurseries are likely to be set up during 2021-22 to 2025-26. During 2018-19 to 2020-21 (28.02.2021), an area of 16604 ha has been covered by bamboo plantation. This information was given by Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the Parliament yesterday.
The restructured NBM was launched in 2018-19 for developing the complete bamboo value chain for connecting bamboo growers to the market (industry). The objectives include assisting farmers to set up nurseries as well as to increase the area under bamboo plantation to supplement farm income. The development of post harvest activities including setting up of common facility centers, treatment units, product development units, etc. is increasing employment and livelihoods for the local communities as well. For the purpose there is provision for skill development and awareness generation also.
Meanwhile, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, while addressing a virtual exhibition on Bamboo Technology, Products and Services said that bamboo has potential to be used as an alternative to coal and can also be used in construction. He also said that technologically proven, cost effective and attractive product designing can establish and promote the use and demand of bamboo, which will encourage people to go for bamboo plantation.