232 pages, b/w illustrations
From the foreword:
"Versatility, multiplicity of use, wide occurrence with high renewability makes bamboos a potential natural resource for present and future [...] The World market for bamboo products is estimated to be US$ 10 billion which is expected to reach US$ 20 billion by 2015. China alone has bamboo industry production valued around US $5.63 billion. Since market for environment friendly ‘green products‘ is growing, lndia must try to secure her due share in expanding bamboo economy. [...] Manipulation of culm growth in bamboo involves the removal of culm. Regulating the harvest is equally important for management of bamboo growth. Culm and clump management aim at maximising the yield of one product, or alternatively to optimize yield of individual products to increase their combined output. The current demand of bamboo for various purposes is estimated at 26.69 million tons against the supply of 13.47 million tons. The average per hectare annual productivity in India is far less than 3 metirc ton per hectare per year and this is much less than the world's average. This low productivity is primarily due to poor management of bamboos in forest and non-forest areas which had been neglected in the past considering it a secondary species as compared to timber. Enhanced productivity of bamboo can be realized through enhancement of technological base, capacity and adoption that will require strategic planning and action. In this context, issues like, development of improved management practices, scientific harvesting and storage, technology dissemination to stakeholders, strengthening linkage between bamboo growers and research organization, require immediate consideration for overall development of bamboo sector in the country.
It is clear that a coordinated and concerted effort is required to translate the growing corpus of knowledge into application areas and provide tangible support to industries and enterprise. Many strands of thought, enterprise, knowledge and circumstance have contributed to the identification of bamboo as one of the most important material for the future. The compilation of this volume is the outcome of two days’ National Seminar on ‘Conservation and Management of Bamboo Resources’ organized by Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi in collaboration with National Mission on Bamboo Applications (NMBA), New Delhi on 29-30th November, 2007. The organization of this national level seminar was an event of tremendous appreciation as it set a stage for sharing of expertise and experiences on varied aspect of conservation and management of bamboo using biotechnological, physiological, genetic and silvicultural tools keeping in view of process and product development and value addition. The major thrust areas covered in this present compilation include diversity and variability of bamboo resources and their conservation; management of bamboos in forest and non-forest areas; physiology, biotechnology and clonal propagation; economics, process and product development and value addition. These aspects in the form of research papers and review were discussed among the policy makers, foresters, researchers, entrepreneurs, academicians, environmentalists, NGOs and other stake holder during the seminar. This book will provide a much better understanding of the probtems related to bamboo and taking suitable measures for conservation and management of bamboo resources and sustainable developmentand livelihood."
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