Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal celebrated ‘World Bamboo Day’ at an event in Guwahati on Friday. A website was ceremonially launched along with a logo for State Bamboo Development Agency at the Bamboo Technology Park in Chandmari.
Speaking on the cultural significance of bamboo in Assamese society, Sonowal said, “Bamboo has a deep connection with the Assamese society. Keeping this in mind we have given special emphasis towards promoting this natural resource. We will have to capture the large bamboo market of the world.”
The event also featured an interactive session of the chief minister with some of the young budding bamboo entrepreneurs of the region which included the renowned Neera Sarmah who also known as the ‘Bamboo Lady of India.
It was also announced at the event cum celebration of ‘World Bamboo Day’ that the state government’s subsidiary Assam Bamboo Mission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with incense company, Cycle Pure Agarbattis.
Sonowal said that Assam can highly benefit by focusing on bamboo craft and have encouraged farmers and entrepreneurs of the state to indulge in cultivating the plant. “For making a Atma Nirbhar Assam, value addition of bamboo is very much required. In this regard, I urge the farmers and enthusiastic youths to take a leadership role in modernising the bamboo art of Assam,” he said.
He also went on to speak about the initiatives that have been undertaken by the BJP-ruled state government such bamboo & cane policy and the ethanol project in Numaligarh for promoting bamboo production in Assam.
“Witnessing the potential of bamboo as well as cane for rural economic development, Assam Govt has already enacted ‘Bamboo & Cane’ policy in the state. Ethanol project in Numaligarh will boost our agro-economy sector. We will together make bamboo a profit making industry,” the chief minister said in his speech.