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Status change

  • 14/03/2004

Status change two major developments are about to take place in the bamboo sector. The Union ministry of agriculture (moa) is set to notify bamboo as a horticultural product, and the Seventh World Bamboo Congress will be held in New Delhi from February 27 to March 4.

Almost a year ago, the Union government, through the National Mission on Bamboo Technology and Trade Development, revealed its plans to develop bamboo resources for industries and trade. The thrust had come directly from the prime minister's office and the Planning Commission.

Classifying bamboo as an agricultural product would be an important step for promoting it, says H P Singh, an ex-horticulture commissioner in the moa. Singh is a member of the steering committee that is driving policy-level changes in the sector. The panel also includes Tinoo Joshi, development commissioner (handicrafts), Union ministry of textiles, and Ratin Mandal, adviser to the Planning Commission.

Communities living near forests currently face problems in transporting bamboo because the state