Bamboo capital of the year

IMPHAL| Feb 4

The World Bamboo Organisation (WBO) has today named Manipur as the ‘Bamboo capital of the year’ in the inaugural function of the 3rd World Bamboo Workshop 2019 held today at City Convention Centre.

It was declared by president of World Bamboo Organisation, Michel Abadie, in a gathering of delegates from various parts of the world with around 34 countries participation.

The World Bamboo Workshop is a five day workshop event, jointly organised by WBO, government of Manipur and Digma Trade.

National Coordinator of World Bamboo Workshop, Nirmala Chongtham said that the NE states have potential of bamboo but its market is not explored besides using it for construction, handicrafts when every parts of bamboo can be utilized. There is also a need for contemporary touch to the traditional style of handicrafts and the workshop will be able to help the artisans in achieving it, she added.

She said that people were not aware of the nutritional and medicinal value of the bamboo shoot before but it has been scientifically proven that it prevent various diseases though the nutritional and medicinal value of Bamboo was not known before.

She further said that the workshop will be able to provide the local artisans regarding the marketing procedures of bamboo and improve bamboo sector of the northeast. All of NE India depends upon the natural resources which will be depleting therefore large scale plantation is needed to set up bamboo industry and commercial purposes.

While informing that bamboo can also be a substitute for wood, Nirmala further appealed the gathering to work and focus on their respective bamboo species. “There is a need for improving bamboo sector in NE and large scale plantation will be necessary if bamboo is to be exported,” she added.

Executive director of World Bamboo Organisation, Susanne Lucas said that the traditional uses of bamboo in Manipur are remarkable and it needs to continue with innovations to raise the artisans and craftsmen to a higher standard of living.

Innovations and technology along with partnership can elevate the livelihood of the people of the state, country and the world as a whole, she added.

Speaking at the function, minister of Forest and Environment Manipur, Th. Shyamkumar informed that the Manipur forest department will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Growmore Biotech Limited Tamil Nadu during the workshop.

Speaking at as the chief guest of the workshop, chief minister of the state N.Biren Singh said “in Japan and China, bamboo is the king of forest vegetable but in today’s world of concrete jungles, fast foods, cosmetic arts and aesthetics, bamboo is fast losing its rightful place in the modern world”.

The chief minister said that the northeastern region of India has only 28% of land under bamboo while it has 66% of India’s bamboo stock.

Stating that bamboo flowering and rat menace have ravaged the rich natural growth of bamboo forests in the state, he also stressed the necessity to rejuvenate the forests for the livelihood of the tribal region.

The chief minister further stated that bamboo has the potential of becoming the growth engine of NE india as it is the biggest supplier of bamboo in the country.

While stating that Bamboo Society of India must also open a Manipur chapter for a Bamboo Mission in Manipur, the chief minister also seek the assistance of international business and trading concerns like DICMA Trade, Mexico in the global marketing of all bamboo products from the state.

The inaugural function was also attended by textiles, commerce and industry minister, Th. Biswajit Singh, chairman of state level committee for the workshop, Sapam Ranjan, state chief secretary Suresh Babu as presidium members. The function also witnessed attendance of other ministers and state level officials.

This workshop is the third of its kind after its first edition and second edition at Mexico and Peru respectively. It is a five-day event and will lectures, hands-on training, exhibitions, cultural shows and bamboo cooking competition among others.

~IFP

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