The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today approved a restructured Centrally sponsored scheme, National Bamboo Mission (NBM) under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) during remaining period of 14th Finance Commission (2018-19 & 2019-20). The Mission would ensure holistic development of the bamboo sector by addressing complete value chain and establishing effective linkage of producers (farmers) with industry.
CCEA has also approved Empowerment of Executive Committee for formulation of guidelines of the NBM and to make the changes therein, including cost norms for various interventions from time-to-time as per the felt needs and specific recommendations of states, with the approval of Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
An outlay of Rs.1290 crore with Rs. 950 crore as Central share, is provisioned for implementation of the Mission during the remaining period of 14th Finance Commission.
The scheme will benefit directly and indirectly the farmers as well as local artisans and associated personnels engaged in bamboo sector including associated industries. Since, it is proposed to bring about one lakh hectare area under plantation, it is expected that about one lakh farmers would be directly benefitted in terms of plantation.
The Mission will focus on development of bamboo in limited states where it has social, commercial and economical advantage, particularly in the North Eastern region and States including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The Mission is expected to establish about 4000 treatment/ product development units and bring more than 100,000 hectare area under plantation.
National Bamboo Mission (NBM) started as a Centrally sponsored scheme in 2006-07, was mainly emphasising on propagation and cultivation of bamboo, with limited efforts on processing, product development and value addition. There, was weak linkage between the producers (farmers) and the industry. The restructured proposal gives simultaneous emphasis to propagation of quality plantations of bamboo, product development and value addition including primary processing and treatment; micro, small & medium enterprises as well as high value products; markets and skill development, thus addressing the complete value chain for growth of the bamboo sector.