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Project BOLD launched in Jaisalmer


In an attempt to develop green cover in the Indian deserts of Rajasthan, Khadi and Village Industries Commission planted 1000 bamboo saplings at Tanot village in Jaisalmer, in collaboration with the Border Security Force (BSF).

Bamboo plantation, as part of KVIC's Project BOLD (Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought), aims at reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support to the local population.

The saplings have been planted over 2.50 lakh sq feet of Gram Panchayat land near the famous Tanot Mata Temple which is located close to Longewala Post on the Indo-Pak Border. BSF will be responsible for maintaining the plants.

Project BOLD was launched on 4th July from a tribal village Nichla Mandwa in Udaipur district in Rajasthan with a plantation of 5,000 saplings of special bamboo species over 25 bighas of arid land. The initiative has been launched as part of KVIC's "Khadi Bamboo Festival" to celebrate 75 years of independence "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav".

KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, "In the next three years, these bamboos will be ready for harvest. While this will generate recurring income for the local villagers; KVIC will also develop this green patch into a tourist spot considering the large footfall of tourists visiting Longewala post and the Tanot Mata Temple." He lauded the support of BSF in implementing the project in a very short time.


Indian Fragrance to Go Global


National Bamboo Mission has launched an MIS (Management Information Systems) based reporting platform for agarbatti stick production to collate the locations of stick making units, availability of raw material, functioning of the units, production capacity, marketing, etc.

With the help of this module, the linkages with the industry will be synergised better to enable seamless procurement from production units and information gaps can be plugged. All NBM States are in the process of documenting all the units to assess better how further support can be given for 'Vocal for Local' and 'Make for the World' since Indian agarbatti are much sought after in global markets.

National Bamboo Mission (NBM), Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) schemes as well as States, together with industry partners have stepped up focused support to enable India to become Atma Nirbhar in the agarbatti sector, to bring back livelihoods for the local communities while at the same time modernizing the sector too.

The agarbatti sector traditionally provided large-scale employment to the local workforce, which however dwindled due to various factors including the ingress of cheap imports of round sticks and raw batti. A comprehensive study was carried out by NBM in 2019 following which policy measures taken by the Government of moving raw batti imports from free to the restricted category in August 2019 and increasing import duty on round stick uniformly to 25% in June 2020 came as a boost to the domestic units.

The restructured National Bamboo Mission (NBM) was launched in 2018-19 for holistic development of the bamboo sector through a cluster-based approach in a hub (industry) and spoke model to harness the opportunities by providing backward and forward linkages among the stakeholders – linking farmers to markets.


Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurates 22 bamboo clusters in 9 States

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar today inaugurated 22 bamboo clusters in 9 States by virtual mode, a government press release said.

The clusters were started in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Karnataka. A logo for the National Bamboo Mission was also released on the occasion.

Lauding the success of the National Bamboo Mission, Mr Tomar said that the country is now gearing up to increase the export of bamboo products.

The Minister said that the support being given by the mission to local artisans through locally grown bamboo species will also actualize the goal of Vocal for Local. This will help increase income of farmers and at the same time reduce dependency on imports of some raw material. With the wealth of bamboo in India and growing industry, India should aim to establish herself in global markets for both engineered and handcrafted products.

The logo, made by Mr Sai Ram Goudi Edigi of Telengana, portrays a bamboo culm in the center of a circle composed of half an industrial wheel and half farmers. The green and yellow colour of the logo symbolise bamboo often termed as green gold, the release said.

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Bamboo sector has potential to be main pillar of ecological, medicinal, paper, building sectors in India: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

The bamboo sector can be the main pillar of ecological, medicinal, paper and building sectors in India, stated Union Minister Jitendra Singh while addressing a webinar today with various clusters of Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), stake-holders and people associated with bamboo trade. He also said that Bamboo is going to be an important component of India post-COVID-19 economy and propel the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in the North Eastern Region.

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