Vision 2020 for Nagaland’s bamboo industry

Bamboo potential to generate annual economy of Rs.1000 crore in Nagaland

Our Correspondent
Kohima | May 10

The annual yield from the existing growing stock of bamboo is assessed at 8,35,000 tons in Nagaland. This existing stock of naturally growing bamboo is worth over Rs.200 crore (given 120 culms of bamboo per ton it works out to over 10 crore culms, with an average of Rs.20 per culms). This was stated in ‘Nagaland 2020 – A Vision’ of the Nagaland State Human Development Report 2004. The report said by 2020 through systematic regeneration and its exploitation it is possible that this would generate an annual economy of Rs.1000 crore.

The growing stock volume of wood in Nagaland is today assessed at 94,887 million cubic metres with an annual increment of over 1.9 million cubit metres. Rationalization of the land use policy, adoption of appropriate forest policy management plans and the creation of a platform for sustainable environment through preservation of primary forest and tree cover would in turn rejuvenate a rationalized wood-based industry that will be able to use these huge natural resources of Nagaland, the report said.

It would also be a participative industry where the prime players will not only be the large industries such as plywood and veneer, it said adding that creative use of wood in the small and tiny sectors, especially designed to utilized the wood from jhumlands and commercial plantations, would be the focus in various forms such as knock-down furniture, doorframes, toothpicks, skewers, etc., that would have continuous market. It would greatly enhance employment opportunities in the rural areas.

“By 2020 the dramatic increase in productivity in the agricultural sector and the trend for commercial scale production along with the organized agricultural market, would induce activities in the manufacturing sector. It would involve activities from primary processing at the villages and the farm locations to thriving agro-based industries,” the report said.

Peace and the subsequent growth- driven economy would facilitate a fast pace of industrialization in the state by 2020, it said adding that the development of infrastructure in the realm of roads, power and communication, accentuated by the envisaged growth of the country’s trade and commerce through the region to South-East Asia, will be a priority.

The Report also stated that through exploitation of its mineral reserves, Nagaland will be producing at least 1 million tons of oil from its present proven reserves of over 600 million tons. The mountains of high grade limestone assessed at over 6000 million tons could generate a massive cement industry geared to meet the building needs in the region, and perhaps even in Myanmar and other countries of South- East Asia. Coal mining and its production would reach economic viability while other minor minerals such as decorative stones, clay and glass sands would become thriving industries.