22nd Dec 2017 09:12:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

A bill to exclude bamboo from the definition of ‘tree’ under the Indian Forest Act was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The bill permits felling and transit of bamboo grown in non-forest areas and would help improve the rural economy. The changes in law would further encourage bamboo plantation by farmers.

In many states of North East, particularly, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura, Bamboo is a major source of livelihood. Bamboo based products like furniture, decoration items are being produced in large numbers by craftsman and artisans in these states are in huge demand in international as well as in domestic markets. 

In Nagaland and Assam for example, youth are given training on bamboo handicraft and furniture. Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Assam and State Bamboo Mission, Manipur have been in the forefront to make youth self-reliant and provide them a source of income.


Arunachal on the other hand, despite having bamboo in almost all parts is still to accord much importance to this wonder plant. Almost all the tribes of the state have cultural, social and religious association with this plant. Among many tribes, bamboo is used in rituals right from birth till death. Its economic importance can be gauged from the fact that it sustains livelihood of many families in rural Arunachal. Its importance in economic life of a person is rural area is same as that of owning a Mithun.


Instead of splurging huge amounts of money on meaningless river and food festivals which only showcases packaged tourism and cultural aspects, perhaps, it is time to move on and organize festivals on Bamboo, fruits etc.

Till date, bamboo has served sturdy purposes and is used in building houses, bridges, fencing etc, but its aesthetic appeal is also matchless. The state should focus on new and innovative uses like furniture, decorative items and other potentials of bamboo which is yet to be uncovered.  There is the need to strengthen the bamboo mission to help the people associated with the industry. 


Described as green gold as well as poor man’s timber, bamboo must be tapped to its full potential for uplifting the economic status of rural communities.


Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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