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Bamboo has been the backbone of much of the rural life for millennia and will remain so with population increase. For tribal, forest dwellers and bamboo artisans “bamboo for living and living for bamboo” is still the norm and the plant offers an excellent entry point in increasing employment, income generation and improving the nutritional status of the rural poor. Bamboo has vast, and yet substantially untapped, potential. It is a resource that can generate income and employment, especially in backward areas and amongst disadvantaged communities. Since bamboo can provide the basis for an expanding small and medium scale enterprises sector, it offers and effective mechanism for rural poverty alleviation and livelihood security.

Bamboo will continue to play an important part in the development of enterprises and transformation of rural environments. With the new technical inputs and innovative marketing, renewed interest can be generated; bamboo’s image can be changed from that of the “poor man’s timber” into achieving its appropriate status as a “material of the future”.

Extensive use of wood over the ages for furniture and other products has challenged the environment more than ever before. The population of trees and forests is ever receding. This increasing need for wood has been beautifully supplemented by bamboo. These eco-friendly products are light in weight and have their own style and elegance. These products have a high life with minimum maintenance and are at par with wood, if not better. Strips of bamboo and various types of Bamboo are extensively used to manufacture different utility and decorative items. Mats, lamp shades, trays, baskets are weaved and knitted by the skilled hands of the artisans. Bamboo can also be converted into strong and unique furniture, which are very popular now. Jewelry, bags and handbags are the other popular items of this craft.

With us more than 1198 traditional bamboo artisans are engaged. We have identified barren land. Our plan is to cultivate high quality bamboo in that particular land which will be used by the traditional bamboo artisans for their end use to manufacture high quality bamboo products.

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