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National Bamboo Mission

National Bamboo Mission:

The National Bamboo Mission recently launched the Management Information System to strengthen the domestic Agarbatti industry.

  • It will collect data about Agarbatti production, availability of raw materials, location of stick making units, production capacity, functioning of units, etc.
  • The system will act as an intermediary between the production units and the Agarbatti industry (as a whole). This will help to fill the information gaps.

National Bamboo Mission:

  • The National Bamboo Mission was launched in 2018-19.
  • It is currently implemented in twenty-one states.
  • To boost the domestic Agarbatti units, the import duty on round sticks was increased to 25%.
  • Also, the raw batti imports were moved from free to restricted category.

Beema Bamboo:

  • In May 2021, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University designed “Oxygen Park” in its premises in Coimbatore with Beema Bamboo. Beema Bamboo is a clone selected from Bambusa balcooa.
  • It is a higher biomass-yielding bamboo species. Also, it is one of the fastest-growing plants.
  • It grows to a height of one and a half feet in a day.
  • Also, Beema Bamboo is the best carbon sink to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Importance of Beema Bamboo:

  • They do not require replanting as it re-grows after every harvest cycle.
  • They are produced through tissue culture that facilitates them to adapt to different soil and climatic conditions.
  • The calorific value of Bamboo is almost equal to coal.
  • Thus, cement industries have started buying this bamboo for their boilers.