Agartala, Dec 12 (UNI) The Tripura Government has signed an MoU with the Bamboo Engineering Research Centre (BERC), under Nanjing Forestry University in China, to extend technical and institutional support for the bamboo-based industry in the state.
Talking to UNI here today, State Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury said Tripura was the first state in the country to get external support for bamboo development from China and the BERC had agreed to transfer technology for value addition of bamboo and timber resources.
The MoU was signed between Nanjing Forestry University Director Prof Zhang Qisheng and Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation (TFDPC) Managing Director Dr V K Bahuguna.
Mr Choudhury said the BERC would lend technical support for manufacturing floor tiles, producing bamboo-based hard charcoal from the by-products of vinegar and validated usage of bio-fertilisers and insecticides, rayon grade bamboo pulp and fibre manufacturing and bamboo shuttering, blinds, dyes and boards.
Prof Zhang said the BERC would take initiatives to explore the possibility of Chinese investment in the bamboo-based industries where it would transfer technologies and value addition of timber products.
A three-member Chinese delegation from the Nanjing Forestry University, led by Prof Zhang, had arrived here today on a three-day visit to the state.
The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) had provided Rs 11.2 crore for all-round development of forests, forest produce, ecological conservation, setting up forest-based units in the state and their exploitation in trade and economy.