Bhubaneswar, August 20 (LocalWire): Bamboo cultivators in the state have reasons to cheer as the state government on Monday approved Rs 27.33 crores investment to give a major push to bamboo-farming activities.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy today approved the proposal in a state level steering committee meeting at the secretariat.
Odisha Bamboo Development Agency (OBDA) was directed to intensify field level operations involving Vana Samrakhyarana Samity (VSS), joint forest management committees, eco-development committees and farmers’ clubs for the success of bamboo farming, said officials adding that Independent third party evaluation of the project would be done after a year to maintain transparency of the bamboo mission.
The state witnessed growth in bamboo farming since the past year.
As against, 11.2 lakh hectares in 2017-18, the bamboo cultivation area has gone up to 14 lakh hectares in 2018-19.
Bamboo is an inseparable part of the state’s rural livelihood and has immense potential to revamp the rural economy.
Odisha has 9% of the country’s total bamboo forest cover.
Because of its multifarious utility, bamboo could emerge as an effective tool to achiev economic and social sustainability in backward rural parts, said officials.
From agricultural implements to mud-walled house construction, bamboo’s use can be seen everywhere.
One can find artistic dexterity in artisans who are making bamboo products.
There is the need for market linking of their products, they said.
‘The principal objective is to increase the area under bamboo plantation in non-forest government and private land to supplement farm income, contributing towards climate change resilience and making available the quality raw materials for industries. It will be promoted predominantly in private land, community land, arable land along the irrigation canals and water bodies,’ state Mission Director, OBDA, A K Pathak said.
Financial assistance of Rs 50,000 per hectare will be provided for plantation over a period of three years.
Around 417 seedlings will be planted in a hectare. The financial support will be calculated at the rate of Rs 120 per plant and will be disbursed in installments as per cultivation, survival and growth rate of the plants over a period of three years, he said.
Quality seedlings would be provided to farmers by OBDA and forest nurseries.
The bamboo mission will include the entire gamut of developing nurseries, plantation, treatment, seasoning of the plants, establishment of business clusters, setting up of processing units for value addition and marketing linkage, he added.