DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday said that the experience of North Eastern states will help the artisans of Jammu and Kashmir to better their economic conditions and also assist in the commercial exploitation of bamboo grown in this region.
Stating that a team from DoNER ministry will again visit Jammu and explore a field training programme for Bamboo farming in the region soon, Singh said that of late Bamboo is being used in low-cost housing and as a construction material.
“In the coming years, bamboo awareness camps will be organized in different parts of the country in this regard,” he said.
Singh said that three Bamboo Clusters will be developed in Jammu, Katra and Samba areas for making of Bamboo basketry, Agarbatti and Bamboo Charcoal which will provide direct employment opportunities to about 25,000 people.
“Apart from this a Mega Bamboo Industrial Park at Ghati near Jammu and Bamboo Technology Training Centre will also come up in the region within two years of the allotment of land by the UT of J&K administration,” he said.
Addressing a review meeting of the Ministry of DoNER on further steps to be taken for augmenting infrastructure and promoting entrepreneurship in the Bamboo sector in Jammu and Kashmir after the signing of the MoU, Dr Singh said this will be pursued as a major priority in coming days.
He said that there are huge reserves of bamboo spread across Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, which have remained unexplored and largely unutilised.
He said that CBTC will take up technical collaboration and partnership with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir for setting up of common facility centres, cane and bamboo technology parks, cane and bamboo industrial parks, FPO, clusters & hi-tech nurseries on BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer), turnkey basis with their funding support as the case may be in due course.