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Integrated Bamboo Treatment Plant inaugurated

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  • February 27, 2021
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Integrated Bamboo Treatment Plant inaugurated

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Policies and Interventions & GS – III – Economy

In news

  • Integrated Bamboo Treatment Plant was inaugurated in the North East Cane and Bamboo Development Council (NECBDC) in Byrnihat near Guwahati, Assam.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER)

Key takeaways 

  • The plant is based on vacuum-pressure-impregnation technique. 
  • Funded by: National Bamboo Mission (NBM) and North Eastern Council (NEC).
  • This is an initiative of the central government to make India self-reliant in bamboo industry and create employment in this sector.

Important value additions

  • The Union Territory of J & K will set up three Bamboo Clusters through collaboration from NECBDC. 
  • Under these clusters, Agarbatti, baskets and charcoal shall be produced respectively.
  • Home grown bamboo is exempt from the purview of the 100 year old Indian Forest Act. 
  • During the COVID-pandemic, the import duty on Agarbatti coming from other countries has been hiked to nearly 35%. 
  • This will discourage import of bamboo made Aggarbatties and encourage domestic production.

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