The government will organise capacity-building and training programmes for artisans for making special items from bamboo. This was stated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, at a meeting with the representatives of International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) in New Delhi. A lot of value addition products can be worked out for the upliftment of artisans and farmers, the Minister told the INBAR representatives.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India has the potential to become a significant player in international bamboo export. Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasized the thrust provided by the Government to develop the bamboo sector to address various issues such as livelihood, climate change mitigation and land degradation.
It may be recalled here that recently the government promulgated the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, thereby dispensing with the requirement of felling/transit permit for its economic use.