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NE states to set up bamboo processing units

Written by: Staff
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Aizawl, Oct 25 (UNI) In a bid to utilise abandoned bamboo, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Mission on Bamboo Applications (NMBA) have initiated a joint venture to support the establishment of eight bamboo processing units in each state of the North East.

DST officials here today informed that, ministry has asked the North East state governments to identify locations for the units to provide value addition, income and employment.

''Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh governments have already identified the locations and are about to send the formal proposal to the Centre for approval,'' officials said.

They informed that NMBA, structured as a technology mission, is one of the key initiatives of the department of science and technology for the Tenth Plan and said it has been given the task of creating the grounds for enlarging the bamboo sector.

North East region is having matured bamboo of Rs 5,000 crore at present and utilisation of even about 25 per cent can generate Rs 2,500 crore a year.

According to NMBA's advice, North East states have lanunched bamboo pre-fabricated structures for public domain buildings, especially for school construction programmes, hospitals and dispensaries linked with union government programme.

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