National Bamboo Mission

Why in News ?

The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) till 2019-20.

 

FACTS FOR PRELIMS

Rationale

The Mission will ensure holistic development of the bamboo sector by addressing complete value chain and establishing effective linkage of producers [farmers] with industry.

The scheme will benefit directly and indirectly the farmers as well as local artisans and associated personnel engaged in the bamboo sector, including associated industries.

 

About the Mission

The National Bamboo Mission was launched in 2006-07 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to promote the growth of the bamboo sector. The programmes address four major areas of bamboo development as follows:

i)Research and Development

ii) Plantation Development

iii) Handicrafts Development

iv)Marketing

Structure

i)On apex level, it has a National Apex Committee (NAC) under the Chairmanship of Union Minister of Agriculture. The members of this committee are various ministers.

ii)National Steering Committee (NSC) headed by the Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture & Cooperation, to oversee the activities of the Mission and approve the Action Plans.

iii)At the  national level, there is also a National Bamboo Cell, which has bamboo specialists as its members and a mission director, an official from the agriculture ministry.

The Bamboo Mission covers both the forest as well as non-forest areas. The scheme documents make provisions that in the forest areas, the bamboo development will be the function of the Forest Development Agencies (FDA) and the Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs). However, in case of Non-Forest Areas, the Bamboo Development Agencies (BDAs) will be the nodal agency.

 

Source-The Hindu.