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Bamboo a part of Naga life, says Rio
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Sep. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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In the run up to the first ever World Bamboo Day celebration to be held from September 16-18 at Kisama, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio pointed out that bamboo has been a part of Naga life and society even becoming inter-twined with Naga culture.
While admitting that the state lacked infrastructure and technology, Rio said the decision to host the celebration was taken considering the versatile role of bamboo in Naga culture.
It may be recalled that the decision to host the first ever World Bamboo Day celebration in the state was taken at World Bamboo Congress held in Bangkok last year.
Rio was inducted into Advisory Council of World Bamboo Association (WBA) during the bamboo congress.
The chief minister, who was addressing a press conference at Niathu Resorts Dimapur on Monday, recalled that the power point presentation by the Nagaland Bamboo Mission (NBM) at the Bamboo congress made a big impression on the delegates. Informing that the 3-day event would be held on the theme ‘Bamboo for livelihood and community development,’ he said a total of 11 countries would be taking part in the celebration. Rio also confirmed the participation of all NE states along with northern and southern states for the craft bazaar.
ACS and development commissioner Alemtemshi IAS who was also present during the press conference informed that the vice president Dr. M. Hamid Ansari has been made an honorary citizen of Naga Heritage village Kisama. The vice president would be attending the festival on September 18 and leave for Tuensang the next day.
The ACS also informed that the NBM has been constantly evolving the role of bamboo though it was yet to catch up with countries like China.
The market for Bamboo billed as ‘the green gold’ is valued at US $ 10 billion of which China’s share alone is 50 %. The size of the Indian bamboo industry is estimated to be around `6505 crores, which might grow upto `26000 crore by 2015.
Meanwhile, the highlights of 3-day event include craft bazaar, regional workshop and investors meet, bamboo plantation, green marathon and various other cultural programmes.

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