1.89 lakh hectares covered under National Bamboo Mission

New Delhi, January 20, 2012

The National Bamboo Mission, launched in 2006-07, has achieved a coverage of 1.89 lakh hectares (ha) in different parts of the county against the target of 1.76 lakh ha set for the period.

Out of this, 1.33 lakh ha is in forest areas and 56,000 ha is in non-forest areas, an official press release said here today.
An area of 47,000 ha of existing bamboo plantation has been improved for higher productivity. As many as 1194 nurseries have been established In different states to supply quality planting material, it said.
According to the release, the Centre has spent Rs 485.39 crore on the Mission since its inception. The total allocation for the Mission for the period 2006-07 to 2011-12 is Rs 568 crore. 
The Mission was launched in 2006-07 in 27 states to harness the potential of bamboo crop. The key objective of the mission is to increase the productivity of bamboo from 3 tonnes per ha to 20 tonnes.
The major thrust areas include setting up nurseries for production and distribution of quality planting material, area expansion, rejuvenation of old and unproductive plantation, pest and disease management, bamboo markets and dissemination of latest knowledge thorough workshops, seminars and training programmes. 

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