SME Times News Bureau | 13 Mar, 2018
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan
Tuesday said that India has the potential to become a significant
player in international bamboo export.
at a meeting held with the representatives of International Bamboo
and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) in New Delhi, Harsh Vardhan
emphasized the thrust provided by the Government to develop the
bamboo sector to address various issues such as livelihood, climate
change mitigation and land degradation.
Minister specifically referred to the landmark initiative of the
Government of promulgating the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance,
2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of
tree, thereby dispensing with the requirement of felling/transit
permit for its economic use.
also pointed out that capacity-building and training programmes will
be organized for artisans for making special items from bamboo.
lot of value addition products can be worked out for the upliftment
of artisans and farmers", the Minister told the INBAR
with the INBAR delegation, the Minister pointed out that natural
resources such as bamboo belong to the entire world.
believe in the concept of whole world as one family", Vardhan
emphasized that India has leading research and training institutes
and the country can become the research and training hub for bamboo
and rattan in South Asia. The Minister said that for value
addition, joint initiatives will need to be taken by MoEF&CC and