Indian Forest Services officer Prasada Rao undertook an initiative to help the tribal communities in Tripura use the locally available resources to make value-added products in a bid to make them economically self-dependent. The north-eastern state of Tripura grows 28 percent of India’s annual bamboo yield. The green gold or poor man’s timber covers around 2397 sq. km of forest area which is 23 percent of the geographical area of Tripura. Shiva Prasad Datta (Shibu) (40) an artisan who has been working on making bamboo products since he can remember says, “While we have made bamboo bottles earlier, they were not durable and often after a few uses get filled with fungus. So we discontinued making them.”
Natural Resource Management: Leak-proof bamboo bottles -a contribution to Atma Nirbhar Bharat!! IFS officer Prasad Rao is providing tribal artisans of Tripura training to create daily use items from bamboo, an abundantly available crop in the state. The bottles are made of an outer bamboo shell and an inner copper lining. The copper lining is used in the bottles to prevent fungus growth that is common with bamboo products. Copper is known to kill pathogens like bacteria, fungus and viruses. Due to this inner lining, the bottles are also leak proof. The product is a step towards improving the lives of tribal people and local artisans. The product is made without the use of plastic to encourage eco-friendly values. The project has been implemented in collaboration with the Bamboo and Cane Development Institute (BCDI) and Forest Research Centre of Livelihood Extension at Agartala. Similar initiatives help the tribal communities to make value-added products and make them economically self-dependent.
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