Bamboo Processing Industries

Bamboo is one of the most abundant and environmental-friendly and sustainable resources available in NE Region, which is not being used to its full potential. Currently, most of the bamboo artisans of the State of Manipur remain at traditional skilled levels and are unable to produce according to the market demands. However, the sector has enough scope to generate sufficient employment opportunities.

Some of the bamboo-based products:

Training for skill upgradation: Efforts have been made by the Department of Commerce & Industries to upgrade the skills of the bamboo artisans by organizing training programmes inside and outside the State.

Sl. Training programme No.oftrainees Duration Name and Address of Trainer   During the year
1. Handloom Weaving of Bamboo Strip   45 1 week M/s Deva Bamboo and Allied Industries, Thangmeiband, IMphal   28-8-2006 to 30-09-2006
2. Bamboo blind making 40 10 days M/s Wathokfi, Kongba Nandeibam Leikai, Imphal   18-01-2010 to 28-02-2010 in 2 batches
3. EDP Based on Bamboo 15 20 days IIE, Guwahati   1-2-2006 to 17-2-2006
4. Bamboo Technology Course 20 1 month CBTC, Guwahati   2005
5. Bamboo Utility & Strip Coiling 20 10 days TAMBAC, Tamenglong, Manipur   1-3-2011 to 10-3-2011
6. Bamboo Furniture Making 20 1 month CBTC, Guwahati   To be commenced from 4/5/2011

Activities taken up by the Department of Commerce & Industries for promotion of Bamboo-based Industries:

1. Establishment of Common Facility Centres (CFC) for Bamboo-Based production:  

3 (Three) NGOs namely, TaMBAC Tamenglong, TRIBARD-Foundation Churachandpur and SIRDA, LAMBAL were selected to run the CFCs for Bamboo-Based production by way of granting a set of Bamboo Machinery and equipment worth Rs. 9.00 lakh each of the NGOs.

2. Construction of Dom-Shaped Brick Kiln for Bamboo Charcoal production:  

In order to salvage bamboo from the effect of bamboo flowering, Dom-Shaped Brick Kilns @ of a set of two kilns each at the following places during 2006-07 were constructed by M/S Deva & Allied Industries, Thangmeiband at the following places of bamboo growing areas of the State. Names of the beneficiaries NGOs are shown against each of the places where kilns were constructed.

Sl. Place where kilns were constructed Name of beneficiary NGO for whom kilns were constructed
a) Barak Bridge point (TML-Haplong Road) TAMBAC, Tamenglong
b) Toulnom Village, Churachandpur TRIBARD – Foundation, Ccpur.
c) Wangoo Sabal of Bishnupur District SEDO, Wangoo, Bishnupur
d) Khongkhang Village of Chandel District Khongkhang Village SHG
e) Champa Nagar, Jiribam ASHRAM, Jiribam
f) Lukhamji Village, Noney, Tamenglong District ARDU, Noney

Recognising the resources of bamboo in the state of Manipur, in general and Jiribam of Imphal East District in particular, Govt. of Manipur is planning to set up a bamboo Technology Park at Jiribam.  And with an aim to upgrade the skills of the bamboo artisans a bamboo technology course is being introduced in the existing Departmental Arts and Crafts Training Centre, Thoubal

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