Imphal: Bamboo and cane have been associated with the evolution of the people in Manipur and the intrinsic designs curated by local craftsmen are highly praised globally.
A one-day awareness programme on cane (Rattan) and bamboo was organised on Tuesday at Manipur University with the aim to go beyond the use of bamboo on daily life and its craft but to incorporate modern science and knowledge into bamboo and cane cultivation in the state.
The awareness programme was organised by Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Burnihat, Assam in collaboration with Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur and sponsored by the North Eastern Council (NEC), Shillong.
“Bamboo and cane products has been increasingly replace[d] by non-indigenous and products with not so friendly with the environment. So we are trying to link the scientist who are doing research in cane and bamboo with the skills of the farmers,” informed Prof Amar Yumnam, head of the department of South East Asian Studies, Manipur University.
Unlike the other South East Asian countries like China, Indonesia and Philippines, no such attempt have been made in India to link the research of the scientist with the improvement in the quality products produced by the farmers, he said.
As per the experts, once the science and its technology blend it together into the bamboo and cane cultivation, the quality product from the resources could be easily marketable not just in the country but it will create an international appeal product. The changes in market sector could lead to a sustainable livelihood for both the craftsmen and farmers.
Unlike the bamboo, cane products of Manipur are not so well-known among the people despite the fact that the state produced the rare green cane, which is one of the finest cane quality in the world.
To explore the uniqueness of the cane produce in the state and to incorporate modern science, we are planning to organised an international conference on cane later this year, informed Prof Yumnam.
As per the 2019 Forest Survey of India (FSI) report, Manipur has around 9903 square km on bamboo cultivation across the state, the third-largest in Northeast region after Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.