Mar 14: India can become a leading bamboo exporter, according to Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Addressing a meeting with the representatives of the Indian Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) in New Delhi, he said that Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 that exempted bamboo grown in non-forest areas from definition of tree, helped free felling and transit of bamboo for commercial use. He 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
Interacting with the INBAR delegation, the Minister pointed out that natural resources such as bamboo belong to the entire world. “We believe in the concept of whole world as one family”, Dr. Vardhan stated. He 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 INBAR.
India’s participation at the upcoming Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2018) in Beijing from June 25-27, 2018 was also discussed at the meeting