Bamboo often known as the ‘green gold’ is a plant that is one of the fastest and highest yielding renewable natural resource which is found extensively all over the state. Bamboo also known as a poor man’s timber has of late gained importance as a resource capable of fostering in economic benefits to the people. The diversity and utility of bamboo has enhanced its potential, making it a viable medium to bring economic growth for the people.
To fully exploit the bamboo resource in the state, six days training on bamboo charcoal production for North East states was launched on Monday at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC), Dimapur. The programme is organised by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre and Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency and sponsored by North East Council.
The bamboo charcoal is a product from a nutrient content plant which is very healthy in any way we use, with wide ranging uses in domestic and industrial applications. Its larger surface area makes it a preferred medium for filtration purpose as compared to other charcoal and can be used as a raw material for activated carbon.
The Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency with support from National Mission on Bamboo Applications (NMBA), New Delhi has set up 45 bamboo charcoal production kilns across the state with an installed capacity to produce 11.25 tons of bamboo charcoal per day with specific focus on bamboo flowering areas. The agency has also set up a charcoal briquette unit at its NBRC complex, Dimapur and has an installed capacity of 400 kgs/hr.
Specification of bamboo charcoal: calorific value: 6700 kcal/kg; carbon content: 80% to 85%; whole sale rate/kg Ex. NBRC, Dimapur; charcoal:Rs 4 per kg and charcoal briquette: Rs 12 per kg. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Kamlesh, director Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Guwahati said that bamboo was marked as green grass and every part of it can be utilized.
Stating that bamboo was the fastest growing plant and highest absorber of carbon dioxide, he said bamboo charcoal was a very useful product and its application was very high. He further urged all the participants to fully utilize the training and acquire knowledge and to spread it in their respective communities and places.
Delivering the key note address, Norman Putsure IAS, team leader NBM-IT said that India was second to China in bamboo resources and that bamboo raw materials were renewable and can bring changes.
The focus behind the bamboo charcoal training was to transfer the technology and make it available at the door step of the people.
The training would help the trainees to utilize the bamboo raw materials and also impart knowledge on how to use bamboo for their own benefit, Norman said.
The six day training on bamboo charcoal production was participated by Sikkim, Manipur, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Auranachal Pradesh, Karbianglong, Tripura and Nagaland. The inaugural programme was chaired by Engineer Kumzuk, member NBM-IT; introduction by M. Shakiba Yim, member NBM-IT and power point presentation by Engineer P. Lungalang, member NBM-IT.