Hyderabad: The State Planning Board Vice-Chairman B Vinod Kumar and a team of experts in bamboo culture visited Kudal, a town in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra with an aim to take up cultivation of the woody plant in Telangana as it is good for the environment and also has huge employment potential.
The Vice-Chairman and team spoke with local farmers about the techniques of cultivation, and also visited the Konkan Bamboo and Cane Development Centre and enquired about the various possibilities of utilising the bamboo shoots. The team understood that the Kudal region took advantage of the National Bamboo Mission (2004) and its further strengthened version that encourage the cultivation in the country. The Kudal region has fully utilised the central assistance and created history, he said.
The other advantage of the woody plant is that once the plant is ready for harvest the farmer can have as many cuts as possible providing the farmer a continuous source of income. Bamboo generally gets ready for harvest within four years after plantation. The woody plant also absorbs carbon dioxide from the environment and releases oxygen in huge amounts compared to other plants.
Cultivation of bamboo and making of furniture for windows, doors, floorings out of it will also save valuable teakwood which will slowly become unavailable. The bamboo shoots are made into strips and are pressed under heaters to mould them into any shape the makers want to create. The Telangana government wishes to encourage the Bamboo plantation in Singareni Colliery area so that the issue of pollution can be tackled.
The team that accompanied the Vice-Chairman included Marri Rajasekhar Reddy, TRS In charge Malkajgiri Loksabha Constituency, Commissioner State Horticultural Mission L Venkatram Reddy and ASCI Director C Achalender Reddy and others.