J&K Govt signs MoU with NECBDC, NEC for Bamboo Entrepreneurship and Bamboo Infrastructure Development in J&K

MoU marks the beginning of new chapter; will create new wave for overall development and harnessing of unexplored, untapped potential of Bamboo Sector in J&K: Lt Gov


With MoU, the Post-COVID economy has taken off from J&K; Unutilized huge bamboo reserves of the UT would be an important part in future economy: Dr Jitendra

JAMMU, Jan 12: In order to harness the unexplored potential of bamboo sector in J&K, the Ministry of DoNER, GoI through North East Cane & Bamboo Devel-opment Council (NECBDC) under North Eastern Council (NEC) signed a Memora-ndum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of Jammu and Kashmir for Bamboo Entrepreneurship & Bamboo Infrastructure Development in J&K.
The MoU was signed in presence of Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of J&K and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Develop-ment of North Eastern Region, MoS, PMO, Perso-nnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy & Space here at Convention Centre. Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha congratulated the people of J&K and all those associated with Bamboo Sector and said that the signing of MoU will give impetus to bamboo production, its processing and associated business, and to develop bamboo industry into a strong industry of Jammu and Kashmir. For planned cultivation of commercial species of Bamboo, the Lt Governor said that the J&K Administration will explore the possibility of setting up a State Bamboo Mission (SBM) in Jammu and Kashmir that will benefit large number of farmers in the UT. The Lt Governor said that with the signing of MoU for bamboo development in Jammu and Kashmir, the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of 'Har Medh Par Ped' has been made a reality in Jammu and Kashmir, said the Lt Governor.
Laying special emphasis on tapping the potential of the Bamboo sector in J&K, the Lt Governor observed that the MoU has been carefully drafted for the overall development and harnessing of unexplored, untapped potential of the Sector of Jammu Kashmir.
Through our partnership with North East Cane and Bamboo Development Council, we will take up implementation & Develop-ment of bamboo technology, bamboo based research and related developmental activities in the Union Territory and replicate good practices in J&K by knowledge sharing & technical partnership, the Lt Governor said.
The MoU will create financial and market linkages for the Bamboo produce and facilitate promoting Bamboo startup entrepreneurship, besides developing the training facilities for farmers, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, and villagers associated with bamboo sector. It will also facilitate market awareness to J&K Entrepreneurs and facilitating the joint exhibitions, export promotions etc, observed the Lt Governor.
Underscoring the significance of the initiative, the Lt Governor observed that our partner with expertise in the Bamboo Sector will pave the way for the formation and development of bamboo clusters, product clusters in Jammu, Samba, Kathua and in other potential districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Government is creating a robust Business Ecosystem in the Bamboo Sector in J&K. With these efforts, soon, bamboo products will be in the list of niche products of J&K and encourage employment for thousands, said the Lt Governor. The Lt Governor observed that Bamboo farming is usually ready in three to four years. Therefore, the emphasis is that the availability of ready-made bamboo trees under the Forestry Depart-ment should be made available through auction for Manufacturing Unit Holders and Craftsmen. We have also decided that 75% of the income generated from this will be given to the Plantation Committee in the Panchayats so that they can invest that money in the development work of the village, he maintained.
Union MoS, Dr Jitendra Singh, while addressing the gathering, observed that with the signing of MoU, the post-COVID economy has taken off from the UT and the untapped huge bamboo reserves of the region would be an important part in the country's future economy and J&K as well.
Dr Singh said that the bamboo cultivation would be cost effective if done in an institutionalized manner and would eventually revolutionize the economy of the region. He said that Com-mon Facilitation Centers would be established across Jammu region. "The onset of the Bamboo industry would boost the employment and revenue generation in the region," he added.

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