Cabinet approves restructured National Bamboo Mission

• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Bamboo Mission (NBM) under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) during remaining period of Fourteenth Finance Commission (2018-19 & 2019-20).

• The Mission would ensure holistic development of the bamboo sector by addressing complete value chain and establishing effective linkage of producers (farmers) with industry.

=> Restructured NBM

• To increase the area under bamboo plantation in non-forest Government and private lands to supplement farm income and contribute towards resilience to climate change.

• To improve post-harvest management through the establishment of innovative primary processing units, treatment and seasoning plants, primary treatment and seasoning plants, preservation technologies and market infrastructure.

• To promote product development at micro, small and medium levels and feed bigger industry.

• To rejuvenate the underdeveloped bamboo industry in India.

• To promote skill development, capacity building, awareness generation for development of the bamboo sector.

=> Implementation

• The Mission will focus on the development of bamboo in limited States where it has social, commercial and economical advantage with focus on genetically superior planting material of bamboo species of commercial and industrial demand.

• Adoption of an end to end solution in bamboo sector i.e. complete value chain approach starting from bamboo growers to consumers would be emphasized.

• Mission has been developed as a platform for integration of Ministries/ Departments/Agencies with implementation responsibilities given based on their mandate.

• Capacity building of the officials, field functionaries, entrepreneurs and farmers through skill development and training will be emphasised.

• The focus will be given on Research & Development (R&D) to increase the production and productivity of bamboo.

=> Beneficiaries

• The scheme will benefit directly and indirectly the farmers as well as local artisans and associated personnels engaged in bamboo sector including associated industries.

• Since it is proposed to bring about one lakh ha area under plantation, it is expected that about one lakh farmers would be directly benefitted in terms of the plantation.

=> States/ districts covered

• The Mission will focus on the development of bamboo in limited States where it has social, commercial and economical advantage, particularly in the North Eastern region and States including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

• The Mission is expected to establish about 4000 treatment/ product development units and bring more than 100000 ha area under plantation.

=> Impact

• Bamboo plantation will contribute to optimizing farm productivity and income thereby enhancing livelihood opportunities of small & marginal farmers including landless and women as well as provide quality material to industry.

• Thus, the Mission will not only serve as a potential instrument for enhancing the income of farmers but also contributing towards climate resilience and environmental benefits.

• The Mission will also help in creating employment generation directly or indirectly in both skilled and unskilled segments.

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