Dimapur, February 4: With an aim to reach out to bamboo entrepreneurs and producer groups in sharing the potential of exports in bamboo products, an outreach programme on Bamboo Export and Market Development was organised by SHEFEXIL (nodal agency for export of bamboo under Ministry of Commerce, GoI) in association with the National Bamboo Development Council and Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency on February 4, at the Nagaland Bamboo Resource Center, Dimapur.
Chairman, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) Visasolie Lhoungu in his keynote address mentioned that development of bamboo in Nagaland is envisaged to be taken up in two perspectives – resource development and enterprise development. Increasing the existing resources through scientifically managed plantations and regeneration are areas where the NBDA is focussing to develop bamboo resources, Lhoungu said.
He observed technology sourcing and dissemination of information, capacity building and skill upgradation, infrastructural development and marketing as some areas to focus for enterprise development.
Lhoungu also dubbed Nagaland Bamboo Resource Center as an incubation hub for artisans and entrepreneurs, a center for dissemination of technology information through skill development programme not only for Nagaland State but for the entire North East Region. The center has an area of 20.45 acres and is ideally situated in a prime location along the National Highway which is 3 kms from Airport and about 8 kms from the railway station and has the potential to be further developed for related purposes, he informed. He was confident that NBRC could also support the India’s New National Bamboo Mission which Prime Minister Modi has launched with policy support to declare bamboo as a grass from non- forest timber products.
SMD, NBDA, Imtirenla Jamir said the workshop was planned for creating awareness on the export market and its procedures so that bamboo entrepreneurs could take up bamboo export market. She also informed that NBDA has tied up with Taiwan for setting up India Taiwan Bamboo Center to bring in bamboo technology and also for imparting training to entrepreneurs and promoting export of bamboo products.
Sudhakar Kasture, M/s EXIM Institute, while speaking on the topic ‘Increasing exports from India’, highlighted on the export and import statistics and observed the need for more expansion stating that bamboo has great potential. He also mentioned for promotion of value added products made from bamboo explaining that it has very high demand in the international markets.
Kaustavmani Deka, Asian Development Bank, North East Corridor Study Team spoke on findings of ADB, NEEC study in bamboo sector. Citing bamboo as a huge resource potential, Deka felt that the potentiality needs to be converted into market value. He mentioned low market value, low yield, import of bamboo, consumption and lack of marketing with organised supply chain as some of the challenges.
Host of personalities including Additional DGFT, Guwahati, S Sashikumar, ED, SHEFEXIL, Kolkota, Dr Debjani Roy, Assistant Manager, ECGC LTD, Harjit Bharali, and Kamesh Salam from NBDA spoke in the workshop.
(Page News Service)