Bamboo Resource Development In Northen Floodplains Of India
CIBART is implementing a livelihood promotion and bamboo plantation programme with support from Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts in eastern Uttar Pradesh districts since July 2015. The broad goal of the project is to enhance realization of the potential of bamboo based livelihoods for farmers and artisans in the northern floodplains of India and increase their incomes through bamboo cultivation and market driven product development.
CIBART facilitated training for artisans to make new, local need-based, and technology driven products. One is a large storage unit for agricultural produce, the other is a bamboo boats and bamboo toilets. CIBART developed and prototyped three coracle boats and pea-shaped two long boats. Two of these were used to rescue 1,200 people, some small livestock and their valuables in a period of four days. The effort was reported in the media and CIBART has supplied 19 boats to the district administration after the rescue, this year. These boats are currently part of the flood preparedness effort by the district administration in the project areas.
Preparations are being made to scale up bamboo boat building as its cost-effectiveness has been acknowledged.
CIBART conducts training to farmers in better management practices in bamboo plantation and harvesting areas to improve existing stocks and their economic value. It has established a model plantation site with 400 plants of nine different species, established a green shade net nursery and one bamboo training centre in Bahraich.
- Bamboo baseline surveys.
- Market surveys.
- Training of farmers and bamboo artisans.
- Model plantations establishment.
- Nurseries establishment.
- Green shade net model nursery .
- Demonstration cum training centre.
- Large onion storage units.
- Drip irrigation platforms.
- Construction products.
- Bamboo toilets.
- Bamboo boats.