World bamboo conference: GOI to promote bamboo cultivation
Posted on: 13 Apr 2016 14:39:30
13 April 2016 Current Affairs: The Union government is taking necessary actions to fill up the gap between supply and demand for bamboo in view of “tremendous demand” for it in the national and international markets, said Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Singh at the World Bamboo Conference in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The Government has planned to encourage bamboo cultivation in the country through various measures, including plantation of its saplings along the national highways and using it in the construction of toilets.In India, bamboo is being cultivated in 130 lakh hectares area, while in China it is three times less, which is 42 lakh hectares. Despite that, bamboo production in China is 45 tonnes per hectare, while in India it is just two-three tonnes.The Centre is running Bamboo Mission in 28 states of the country under which saplings were planted in 3,50,000 hectares land.The Centre is running Bamboo Mission in 28 states of the country under which saplings were planted in 3,50,000 hectares land.The National Bamboo Mission commenced in 2006 has been renamed as National Agriculture Forest and Bamboo Mission. More than 137 species of bamboo is grown in the country which are used for 1500 diversified utilities.
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