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Exploring avenues on bamboo furniture
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, sept 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Sep. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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As a curtain raiser for the upcoming bamboo festival, 15 day training on bamboo furniture was launched at NBRC Wednesday. The training is being organized by Cane & Bamboo Technology Centre, Guwahati, under UNIDO project, in association with NBDA and National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
Addressing the participants at the inaugural function, chief guest ACS Alemtemshi IAS called upon participants to make bamboo not only as a mere substitute but also compete with plastics, wood and steel. Maintaining that the region was rich in resources, he pointed out lack of human resources as the only obstacle for exploiting the resources.
Further, informing that government was focused in promoting bamboo furniture, ACS also exhorted them not only to create an economy based on bamboo but also built structures for varied uses. He also said that the workshop products would be displayed during the upcoming bamboo festival.
NBM-IT Team leader Norman Putsure IAS in his keynote address stressed on the commercial viability of the bamboo and also called for upgrading the knowledge in utilizing the resources.
While asserting that the country was next only to China in terms of natural resources, Putsure also lamented that despite the vast resources, the country was contributing only four percent to the world bamboo economy.
He also expressed that the training will act as a catalyst to merge existing resources and expertise. “Don’t only learn as an artisan but as a missionary on bamboo furniture” he averred. The members from the NID team include Rajiv Jassal, M P Rahul, Andrea, Unnati Saraf and Gunjan Sharma. While from the CBTC members include deputy manager H. Priyokumar Singh, Gopal Mahanta and Anwar.
Earlier welcome address was given by Nipan Sharma. A total of 30 participants from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland are participating in the training. Meanwhile, in an exclusive interaction with NBM-IT Team leader Norman Putsure IAS which was held earlier, it was learnt that the state government was making elaborate preparations for the upcoming World Bamboo congress to be held at Kisama.
Disclosing about the World Bamboo Day preparations, Putsure informed that the decision was taken in Bangkok where the previous bamboo congress was held. Maintaining that it was first of its kind of international event to be held in the state, Putsure disclosed that a conference hall to accommodate 500 people was already being constructed. He also informed that apart from business aspects, bamboo machine manufacturers from Thailand were already expected.
Elucidating on the versatility of bamboo, the NBM team leader asserted that the result from economic point of view may not be immediate but would definitely improved. Giving an example on the success story of Anaki village, he informed that the mats were very much in demand as far as Maharashtra. “We are already building an economy for the rural people” he affirmed. He also added that entrepreneurship development was another field which the NBM was emphasizing on.
Further Putsure opined that bamboo should be the future alternative for timber and which he also pointed out will reduce the impact on environment and eco-systems. “It can definitely act as a substitute for timber” he averred. He also pointed out several incidents such as bamboo flowering which have been converted into an advantage by using them to make charcoal.
Avowing that the NBM was putting in very effort, Norman Putsure stated that the country have the capacity and talent to build a bamboo economy bigger than China.

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