New Delhi, November 23:Now Non forest land will be seen with lush green bamboo trees soon as the Cabinet has approved an amendment to the Indian Forest Act, exempting bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the requirement of felling/transit permit — a move which will encourage bamboo plantation.
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that major objective of the amendment is to promote cultivation of bamboo in non-forest areas to achieve twin objectives of increasing the income of farmers and also increasing the green cover of the country. He also stated that bamboo grown in the forest areas shall continue to be governed by the provisions of Indian Forest Act, 1927.
The amendment will free bamboo to be cultivated as bamboo, though, taxonomically a grass, was legally defined as a tree under the Indian Forest Act, 1927.
The cultivation will enhance income of farmers and also increase supply of raw material to the traditional craftsmen of rural India, bamboo based/ paper & pulp industries, cottage industries, furniture making units, fabric making units, incense stick making units.
To meet the needs of bamboo and timber in the nation this decision would play a vital role. As India imports timber, bamboo cultivation will enhance the scope to increase the present level of market share and improve the economy of the entire country, particularly the North Eastern region.