Government encourages bamboo planting to increase farmers’ income: Tomar
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday the government was encouraging farmers to plant bamboo as it would help them earn more income. The Minister practically addressed the ‘National Consultation on Bamboo Prospects and Challenges in India’ during his opening session. The National Bamboo Mission, Niti Aayog and Invest India are partners of the two-day bamboo field event, according to an official statement.
Tomar said the government is working tirelessly to develop the bamboo sector as it is clear that it can be a key crop to double farmers’ incomes, increase employment opportunities and improve people’s livelihoods, by especially in the northeast.
Small and marginal farmers will grow bamboo with the help of FPOs (Farmer Producer Organizations), according to the minister. He urged states to seek proposals for the establishment of OPFs in the bamboo industry.
Because it is extremely difficult to determine the species and condition of bamboo at seedling level, the Minister commended the “World Bamboo Mission” for establishing guidelines for accreditation of nurseries and certification of material. planting. “States now accredit nurseries and knowledge is available under the right of ownership to help farmers and industry find suitable planting content,” he said.
Bamboos have been cultivated in a 15,000-hectare field for the past three years, according to Tomar. The government will encourage the use of bamboo in high-end eco-tourism attractions, new homes and resorts, according to the agriculture minister. He also reported that the Ministry of Rural Development has prepared mandatory models for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural, which promotes the use of bamboo.