‘Need to increase bamboo production’ [Agriculture]
- Realising that bamboo (the evergreen plant) has a huge demand in global and domestic markets, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the government was determined to explore potential in this sector and to ensure its smooth supply.
- A three-day World Bamboo Conference was held in Indore (Madhya Pradesh).
- There has been a decrease in bamboo and bamboo forest areas. There is low production of bamboo in India and therefore there is a huge gap between demand and supply.
- According to the NITI Aayog's estimate domestic production is only sufficient for half of the demand in the country.