20 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy approved investments to the tune of Rs 2,733 lakh for Restructured Bamboo Mission at the State Level Executive Committee meeting here on Tuesday. Principal Secretary Forest and Environment Department Dr Mona Sharma outlined the issues and PCCF Sandeep Tripathi placed the proposals for discussion at the high level meeting today.
Giving nod to the Annual Action Plan, the Chief Secretary directed Odisha Bamboo Development Agency (OBDA) to intensify field level operations involving Vana Sanrakshyana Samities (VSS), Joint Forest Management Committees (JMFC), Eco Development Committees and Farmers' Clubs. He also directed to undertake independent third party evaluation of the projects after one year.
Outlining the modus operandi of the restructured bamboo mission, State Mission Director, OBDA, AK Pathak said, "The main objective is to increase the area under bamboo plantation in non-forest Government and private land for supplementing farm income, contributing towards climate change resilience and making quality raw material for industries readily available. It will be promoted predominantly in private land, community lands, arable lands, arable wastelands, along irrigation canals and water bodies."
It was decided in the meeting that only commercially viable speicies like Tulda, Vulgaries and Nutons would be planted. Farmers and artisans would be motivated to take up bamboo plantation. Financial assistance of Rs 50,000 per hectare would be provided for bamboo plantation and growing over a period of three years.
Around 417 seedlings would be planted in one hectare of land. The financial support would be calculated at the rate of Rs 120 per plant to be disbursed in installments as per cultivation, survival and growth of the plants over a period of three years.
PCCF Tripathy appraised at the meeting that because of the operations last year, the bamboo cultivation increased from 11.2 hectares in 2017-18 to 14 lakh hectare in 2018-19.
It was further decided that quality planting materials would be developed in OBDA and other forest nurseries for supply to the farmers. The operation would include the entire gamut of works like developing the nursery, actual plantation, treatment and seasoning of the plants, establishment of business clusters, establishment of processing units for value addition and marketing linkage.