Assam

Meetings with designers and marketing specialists who promote bamboo products highlight the limited technical ability of most Indian artisans to produce furniture of the quality required, due to technical gaps and inadequate equipment, for local, government and international markets. CIBART supported by INBAR collaborated with Indian Institute of Technology, to produce pedal operated bamboo processing machines for export to Africa. With this technology a rural household can produce a minimum of one square metre of laminated board per day, earning a profit of about 2,200 a week. These products may be sanded and coated using machines and finished in a common facility centre, thus creating employment opportunities. TRIBAC also conducted trainings in Assam for SHGs in agarbatti production supported by INBAR under an IFAD project grant.

In Guwahati, CIBART has developed: 1) bent laminate furniture from Melocanna baccifera and other species; 2) flattened bamboo, like a plank, from round bamboos which is used to produce bamboo pencils, that are identical to common wood pencils; 3) wafer board technology for structural and furniture use, and for low-cost corrugated roofing sheets (less expensive and better than bamboo mat-board roofing sheets).

Mapping of bamboo was done in Assam to address lack of information about the distribution, species available, quality and volume. The extensive resource assessment study at the gram panchayat and development block levels in used digital, field surveys and other methods to arrive at a realistic assessment of species available in terms of all commercial parameters, identification of potential areas and partners for commercial bamboo plantations and supply and compliance aspects across the supply chain.





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