Dimapur, August 24: A Nagaland State delegation today held a meeting with Taiwan technical team at Nagaland House, New Delhi to discuss technical cooperation with Taiwan on bamboo. The State team was led by Resident Commissioner & Additional Chief Secretary Jyoti Kalash along with Bamboo Mission Team Director Imtirenla and staff.
To promote and help bamboo industry, SME and MSME in Nagaland, particularly in NE States, it proposed to establish a “India-Taiwan Bamboo Technical Centre” at Dimapur. The centre will be hosted at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC), Dimapur and will be implemented by Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) and Taiwanese Bamboo Company in the area of R&D, technology transfer, skill development, exchange of experts, investments in bamboo sector, marketing, etc.
According to Kuolie Mere, PRO (IPR), Nagaland House, New Delhi; to achieve this cooperation, a team from NBDA led by the Chairman, NBDA visited Taiwan from August 4-7 and had series of meeting with various stakeholders in Taiwan.
The broad base collaboration with Taiwan is both short term and long-term goals, and includes technical cooperation and support for development of various technologies for value additions of bamboo for making into utility and marketable products, products that can reopen plastics and eco-friendly products.
It envisage to create a demonstration centre of Taiwanese machine and tools, products and information centre at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC), Dimapur for entrepreneurs and start-ups; promote cooperation for transfer of technology,
skill development and areas of technical cooperation with Taiwan and Nagaland and NE states on bamboo plantation, processing and products development, design development, etc; facilitate exchange of young scientists, artisans, farmers, designers, experts for study and R&D activities between Taiwan and Nagaland.
It also plans to organize Indo-Taiwan cooperation and organize international seminars, workshops, forums, expo or seminars on bamboo plantation, biotechnology investment, trade, etc. and one within this year at Nagaland. Few of the agencies from Taiwan like TAITRA and ICDF have agreed to work with NBDA to take up the cooperation with Nagaland on bamboo related technical assistance for which relevant projects will be initiated.
Others cooperation includes to jointly promote bamboo and bamboo products develop with Taiwanese experts in the upcoming World Bamboo Congress to be held at Taiwan later next year.
Mere informed that technical team from Taiwan will be visiting Nagaland soon to work on the modalities for taking the technical cooperation forward and materialize with support of Indian and Taiwanese governments and benefit the entire NE States.
The Taiwan technical team had also suggested that bamboo tourism can be explored for exchange programme in days to come.
(Page News Service)