Kolkata: The West Bengal Government has undertaken wasteland management through bamboo plantation on an experimental basis in Birbhum district.
Funded by the Union Science, Technology and Biotechnology department, the pilot project is being implemented in tribal-dominated Rajnagar block in Birbhum district by the scientists of the West Bengal State Council of Science and Technology (WBSCST) with the help of the local women Self-Help Group in collaboration with Birbhum Zilla Parishad.
“Plantation of bamboo is important not only from the economic point of view but also for providing livelihood to a large number of people,” Saumendra Nath Bera, chairman of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Bio-Technology in the state assembly told PTI giving his first hand experience as to how the wasteland management through bamboo plantation was being implemented in the state.
Describing bamboo as an important product having large demands in industrial as well as domestic sector, he said that overall demand of bamboo in paper industry was huge whereas local demand for bamboo primarily comes from construction activities and handicrafts.
“The importance of successful plantation of bamboo thus cannot be over emphasised,” he added.
Bera, who along with his committee members visited Rajnagar, situated on the western part of the district and borders Jharkhand, early this year said that the location was primarily single cropped area where agriculture productivity was also low.