Northeast states are creating a new identity for the region with its well-known skill for crafting beautiful handicraft works. The local artisans from the state of Assam, Manipur and Tripura are making various sustainable products like water bottles, tiffin boxes, decorative baskets, mats, furniture and various other products with bamboo.

Bamboo has the potential to become the mainstay of the economy for the mountains and Northeast states in India. These products are changing the consumer landscape throughout the nation. It is ensuring sustainability as well as the empowerment of local communities. Celebrities are also coming forward and endorsing these products made by local artisans of the Northeast.

Moreover, this sustainable bamboo work also found a place in the last Sunday’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program by PM Modi. He highlighted the value addition of these bamboo products in context to Atmanirbhar Bharat. He mentioned that these indigenous products are boosting the income of the people as well as helping the business ecosystem too.

Modi further added that these products are ensuring environmental conservation, subsequently reducing plastic pollution and are completely eco-friendly and hygienic in nature.

The Chief Ministers of the Northeast states have also expressed their gratitude to the PM for mentioning about the bamboo products in Mann Ki Baat. They shared that the state governments are working to facilitate and provide assistance to encourage the bamboo industry in the region. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal called bamboo as the ‘Green Gold’ while thanking PM Modi.

It is important to note that there are around 1250 species of bamboo in the world and 145 of them are found in India. The bamboo forest occupies around 10 million hectares, which is 12% of the total forest land in India. Surprisingly, 28% of these bamboo forests are present in the northeast region.

(By: Gautam Kumar)

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