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Contents [hide] Key Elements of the National Bamboo Mission Structure Bamboo Development Agencies Bamboo Technical Support Group (BTSG) How Funding takes place? Interventions Note : Bamboo versus Rattan

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

Key Elements of the National Bamboo Mission
Research and Development for sustainable development and new Bamboo Agri-forestry technique for technology generation Establishment of new Nurseries to raise bamboo seedlings Raising high yielding bamboo plantations on commercial basis inForest as well as Non-Forest areas Rejuvenation of senile bamboo plantations Pest and Disease Management of bamboo. Handicrafts, bamboo marketing and exports Capacity building and Human Resource Development of farmers, field functionaries and others New Marketing Strategy for Bamboo and establishment of Bamboo Markets, Bamboo bazaar and retail outlets Meticulous monitoring, evaluation and reporting, Database generation, compilation and analysis

The structure of National Bamboo Mission is very much similar to National Horticulture Mission. 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. Then, there is a National Steering Committee (NSC) headed by the Secretary, Deptt. of Agriculture & Cooperation, to oversee the activities of the Mission and approve the Action Plans. On 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. On state level, the state government establishes a State Bamboo Steering Committee(SBSC) under Secretary Agriculture/ Horticulture / Environment and Forests.

Bamboo Development Agencies
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 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 to whom funds will be released by the Ministry of Agriculture for onward disbursement to the beneficiaries. BDA will be set up in each State with the Director, Agriculture/Horticulture/Environment & Forests or any other officer considered appropriate by the State Government as Mission Director.

Bamboo Technical Support Group (BTSG)
The scheme documents say that a Technical Support Group will be established at the Central level to support
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and has long gestation periods. A minimum of three experts having experience in Bamboo plantation. and typically a hollow cylinder. The funding is for 3 separate missions viz. States are required to prepare a Bamboo Development Mission Document (BDMD) and submit it to the Department of Agriculture. The BTSG will be funded by the Mission and will be under the direct control of NBC. Rattan is a palm. Marketing & Export. handicrafts and marketing will be engaged.4/23/2014 National Bamboo Mission . Essentially only the stem of the rattan plant is used. and are propagated and grown in dissimilar ways.General Knowledge Today National Bamboo Cell.in/national-bamboo-mission/ 2/2 . Research & Development. from root to culm and leaves is utilised in diverse ways. Plantation Development and Handicraft. How Funding takes place? The assistance is routed to the beneficiaries via the state governments. http://www. I believe it is the only good point to note. while bamboo is a grass. have different properties. normally a climber and solid. Bamboo grows easily. All of the bamboo plant. requires a secluded environment.gktoday. and very quickly. Cane is a climber. This information was base of one of the questions in other mock tests and from this scheme. Interventions The money obtained thus is spent on the following important interventions: Establishment of Nurseries Tissue Culture Laboratories Raising new plantations Improving the existing stocks Micro-irrigation in nonforest areas Creation of Bamboo Bazaars and ratail outlets Other interventions Note : Bamboo versus Rattan Rattan and bamboo belong to two distant botanical families.