Governor favours bamboo plantation to help elephants

Governor favours bamboo plantation to help elephants

Governor H R Bhardwaj on Saturday told the State forest department to go in for bamboo plantation in the forest ranges of Nagarahole and Bandipur to create food for elephants which are entering human habitats in search of food.

 “I have been told that bamboo is the favourite food of elephants and these plants have been destroyed in the forests.  We need to ensure bamboo vegetation in the forests,” he said.

He was speaking at the International Bamboo Conclave and Expo- 2014 here. The governor said that there was a need to enhance bamboo plantation to ensure that humans co-exist with animals without any conflict. 

Union Minister for Environment and Forest M Veerappa Moily said that the Union cabinet had cleared the ‘Green Mission’ project three days ago. The mission aims to increase the forest cover in the country to address the climate change issue. 

Plantations will be created on nearly 50 million hectares of land in the next 10 years, the minister said. He said that there was a need to increase bamboo plantation to meet the growing demand for raw materials.  

Wayne Lewis, Commissioner to India, State government of Victoria, Australia, said that the universities in Australia were conducting research on bamboo due to its anti-bacterial quality, for use in medical dressing. He said that there could be a tie-up between the Australian universities and the University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS), Bangalore in future, in bamboo research projects. 

Medara community

The Medara community has been contributing to the manufacture of bamboo products used on a daily basis for centuries. There are over four lakh Medara community people in Karnataka, who have been the source for all the bamboo ladders, mats (‘chaape’), pans (‘mora’) and baskets that are used daily.

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