Minister assures resolve bamboo permit issue

NBM is a ray of hope for cane workers

Bamboo is life-source of villagers. From birth to death, cradle to coffin, it  was used on all occasions.

Brand ambassadors? Ministers S A Ramdas and C P Yogeeshwara take a look at the bamboo products exhibited at Bamboo Mela at Kalamandir in Mysore on Wednesday. Chief Conservator of Forests A C Keshavamurthy and others are seen. DH PhotoIn the act of modernisation, use of bamboo is decreasing, said minister for forest, environment and biology C P Yogeeshwara.

He was speaking after inaugurating the ‘bamboo mela 2012’ at Kalamandir here on Wednesday and said, “Farmers must be provided with economic help, marketing extension and skill development programmes for them is necessary which will be implemented through National Bamboo Mission. Issue of  permit needed for cutting and transporting bamboo will be sorted out within my next visit to Mysore on March 3.”

Growing bamboo can improve economic conditions of farmers and our country in turn.

Bamboo is a commercial crop which can yield more profit than any other crop.Many industries are asking land for bamboo cultivation for their electric supply. No doubt Bamboo will emerge as an alternative fuel and in coming years.

Foreign exchange is also saved when bamboo contributes to the economical growth of our country, he added.

District in-charge and medical education minister S A Ramdas said, for the reason of dignity of labour and less income in cane profession, traditional workers are disappearing.

History of bamboo can be seen in flute of lord Krishna. Forest policies puts a hurdle in cutting and transporting bamboo. It is now being used in pharmaceuticals and there is need to grow bamboo for our good.

“We will give a memorandum to chief minister requesting him to provide market for the cane products, which will help the workers for their livlihood,” he added.

Former secretary to state Government A C Lakshman said, “Through the melas, we urge for the permit of bamboo. We have to encourage its growth, as it increases underground water level. Farmers must engage in forest farming selecting bamboo.”

“All speak on the stage but when it comes to implementation, we all fail. We need politicians of actions and not just of words. Government has to show the people that there is profit in growing bamboo and then farmers will surely implement it,” he added.

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