Aizawl: Bamboo plantation in the hilly state of Mizoram constitutes nearly 14% of the country’s total bamboo plantation, stated experts at a seminar on ‘bamboo composite materials for structural applications’ held at Aizawl recently.

The team of experts also highlighted that bamboo is naturally grown in more than 32% area, which is approximately 6760.71 sq km of the state’s territorial area.

According to the experts from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (CSIR-AMPRI), the most common bamboo species found in the state is Melocanna baccifera and 95% of them can be used for different products and purposes. Besides, 24 indigenous species and 12 other species have also been classified in the state.

An official from the state administration informed that out of all the eight districts of Mizoram, Mamit and Lunglei districts have the highest number of bamboo in the state.

Bamboo plantation is one of the pilot projects of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by chief minister Zoramthanga, which is incorporated in the state’s flagship programme – Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP).

Ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator Dr K Pachhunga, who headed the bamboo development board under SEDP as vice-chairman said that the government would take massive effort to effectively use bamboo.

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Reiterating to chief minister Zoramthanga’s statement, Pachhunga said that the indigenous bamboo need not separate management as they are perfectly naturally grown in the forest and therefore they can be used in effective ways to augment the state’s economy.

Earlier, CM Zoramthanga had exuded hope that insurgency problems in the Northeast could be solved through bamboo plantations.

However, opposition parties were training guns on the chief minister alleging that the bamboo policy was centred on one man (chief minister) as it did not receive the support of ministers and officials.

The Congress and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) had alleged that the previous MNF government’s bamboo policy was a major failure as the state government wasted crores of rupees.

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