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Rare bamboo species discovered in Nagaland
Correspondent KIPHIRE/tuensang, OCT 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Oct. 2009 12:32 AM IST
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Adding to the lists of rich bamboo species in the state, a rare and unique bamboo species popularly known as ‘Phylostachys’ was discovered along the river belt of Tizu River under Kiphire district. The bamboo species was discovered by the members of the state Bamboo Development Agency (BDA) along with state parliamentary secretary, CAWD T. Torechu on Tuesday. An official of the BDA said the particular bamboo species is found only in Tripura and Nagaland in the country and Northern region of Columbia and Thailand in the world. Tizu river is around 330 Kms away from the state capital. The bamboo is popularly used for making traditional ornaments and furniture. Parliamentary secretary T. Torechu said that the economic status of the people would prosper if the bamboo species was utilized properly. “This bamboo is a treasure for the Naga people” he added. Torechu called upon the people to cooperate with the Government in order to bring more developmental activities in the rural areas. Meanwhile, the BDA has lauded the efforts made by the parliamentary secretary in assisting and coordinating during the visit. There are about 46 different species of Bamboo discovered and identified in the state so far. Since times immemorial, bamboo has been closely associated with the Nagas who use bamboo for its livelihood. Bamboo is used for various basic purposes such as weapons, tools and ornaments.

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