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A new initiative to generate employment while promoting bamboo

The Government of Maharashtra and Tata Trusts has signed a MoU, on January 5, 2017, to develop the existing Bamboo Research and Training Centre (BRTC) and create a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Bamboo in Chandrapur region of Maharashtra.

The Government of Maharashtra and Tata Trusts has signed a MoU, on January 5, 2017, to develop the existing Bamboo Research and Training Centre (BRTC) and create a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Bamboo in Chandrapur region of Maharashtra. The initiative will focus on leveraging the potential bamboo – which an abundantly available resource in the region, by impart skill training to work with this material.

The upcoming CoE in Chichpalli, Maharashtra is expected to be a knowledge platform for tribal people to learn about bamboo-related science and technology. Tata Trusts will play the role of design and development partner and will be responsible for the advancement of the overall vision for BRTC that will be supported and implemented by the government machinery.

The goal of the CoE is to promote bamboo-based MSMEs in the state by mobilising the local bamboo resource and skill base to enable sustainable growth in the sector as a result of strong institution building and market linkage. The initiative is bound to create positive impact on the income of the local tribal population through job creations.

Forests and rural areas of North-eastern and Eastern India comprising the States of West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Tripura have over 50% of the bamboo species of the Indian floristic region. These states along with other Bamboo rich states like Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and J&K should take a cue from the initiative taken by the government of Maharashtra and adopt similar measures to not only promote sustainable developments but also generate employment opportunities.

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