An Awareness cum Training Program on Bamboo Harvesting and Preservation Techniques for Housing” under the project of NMHS (National Mission on Himalayan Studies) in collaboration with Tripura Bamboo and Cane Development Centre (TRIBAC), Jana UnnayanSamity Tripura (JUST) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad was organized and conducted successfully by Centre for Forest-based Livelihoods and Extension (CFLE) in its Campus at Gandhigram.
A total of 25 farmer trainees from two selected clusters namely Machmara in North Tripura and Barkathal in West Tripura Districts actively participated in the program.
Mr Ranen Dasgupta an eminent engineer graced the occasion as a Chief Guest and addressed the gathering on the scope and importance of bamboo preservation in Tripura and how the cultivation of bamboo can boost the economy of the state.
Mr Manoj Kumar Ghosh, Resource Person from EDII, Agartala Project Office shared his views on the context of treated bamboos and its impact in Nature. Mr Robert Lushai, Program coordinator of JUST shared few words and extent his greetings on behalf of JUST.
Shri Pawan K. Kaushik, Regional Director delivered a lecture on “Role of bamboos in earthquake resilient housings”. Mr Pritam Choudhury, Research Scholarexplained about different methods of Bamboo Preservation Techniques through audio-visual presentation. Mr.Sankha Pallab Chakrabarti, State Project Co-ordinator, EDII Agartala Project Office also gave a lecture on “Scope of Bamboo Preservation in Entrepreneurship Development in Tripura” and motivated the farmers on the aspects of entrepreneurship through adoption of bamboo preservation techniques.
The two representatives from thetrainees from both clustersalso sharedtheir views on the environmental and economic benefits expected from the projects. Later, the trainees proceeded to the field for technical demonstration where they are demonstrated practically on the Bamboo Treatment Techniques and visited the school building of Shri Shri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir which is constructed entirely from treated bamboo.
The program ended with the visit of CFLE supported TRIBAC Bamboo Treatment Centre for exploring the construction materials oftreated bamboos.