‘Bamboo plantation can be an alternative to jhum cultivation’

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 14 | Publish Date: 6/14/2019 11:50:15 AM IST

Bamboo plantation can be an alternative to jhum cultivation, said Manipur forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar on Friday.

He was addressing the opening function of a state level workshop on ‘Bamboo Resource and Product Development’ held in Imphal’s City Convention Centre hosted by National Bamboo Mission, Manipur under the aegis of forest department. The minister opined that bamboo plantation can be an alternative to jhum cultivation in the state and it can result in socio-economic upliftment of the bamboo growers/farmers and artisans. 

Stating that bamboo products like bamboo shoot were most popular delicacies in the state, the minister said that bamboo is also used in making other infrastructures.

Plantation of high quality bamboo will able to improve the financial condition of the farmers and artisans, he added.

He further lauded the forest officials for presenting bamboo saplings instead of bouquet in the function and opined that if different types of saplings were presented to the dignitaries at functions then definitely people will inculcate the habit of planting which will help in environment conservation. 

He further asked the participants of the workshop to make note of the key points from resource persons/experts and practically implement them for the success of the workshop as well as the mission. 

He advised forest officials to review trees/plants which were planted in previous years for successful implementation of achieving the goal by the department.

Additional chief secretary Suhel Akhtar observed that although bamboo resource is abundantly available in the state, the quality of bamboo was not commercially viable. 

Therefore to gain the benefits, he said, “We need to grow high quality varieties of bamboo.”

He informed that the National Bamboo Mission, Manipur was working to get quality planting material and special units to process it and ultimately showcase the final products in the country and in foreign countries like Myanmar. 

“To make the products commercially viable,  we can add value addition to the products which is of high quality, focusing on durability, longevity and maintaining quality standards,’ he said. 

If the production of good quality bamboos were produced here and sold then the state and bamboo growers/artisans will benefit, he added.

Additional principal chief conservator of forest (NBM & MP), Dr DD Haokip who is also state mission director of National Bamboo Mission said that Manipur is one of the most important bamboo growing states in India with bearing area of 10,687 sq km. 


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