The Telangana Government will promote bamboo cultivation in the state. The state government has decided to invest Rs 22.43 crore for this purpose. The central government would provide financial assistance whenever the state government would submit a detailed project report (DPR) on the proposed Bamboo industry.
The state government is planning to cultivate bamboo in 6,000 hectares of land belonging to forest department and the department can supply 47 metric tonnes of bamboo daily. The state government had recently de-notified bamboo from the list of trees that need transit permit from the department, in an effort to promote its cultivation outside the reserve forest areas.
It may be recalled here that the Central government had recently exempted bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, thereby dispensing with the requirement of felling/transit permit for its economic use. Before this amendment, the felling and transit of bamboo grown on forest as well non-forest land attracted the provisions of the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (IFA, 1927). This was a major impediment for bamboo cultivation by farmers on non-forest land.
The major objective of the amendment is to promote cultivation of bamboo in non-forest areas to achieve twin objectives of increasing the income of farmers and also increasing the green cover of the country. In the latest budget, the Central government had proposed the launch of a Restructured National Bamboo Mission. The Finance Minister had allocated a sum of Rs 1,290 crores to promote bamboo sector in a holistic manner.