Imphal, Sept 18:
World Bamboo Day 2022 jointly observed by the Bamboo Development Promotion Organisation (BADPO) and the Bamboo Forum of India (BFI) at GM Hall, Imphal today. The function was attended by RD,PR Minister Y Khemchand, Government of Manipur , Md Anwar Hussain, Chairman, Manipur State Minorities Commission; L Lokeshwor, Ex-Mayor IMC, and Gitkumar Neperam, Team Leader, State Mission Management Unit, Manipur as Chief guest, President, and guest of honour respectively.
Minister Yumnam Khemchand expressed the environmental benefits of using bamboo and that 50 % of the population uses bamboo for their livelihood. The Minister further expressed that we also need to protect bamboo species found in Manipur. We also require the value of bamboo because it can be produced into a variety of products. The bamboo, which is found in our state, Manipur, can be produced for a better economy. The North Eastern states contribute 54 percent of India’s bamboo production.
As part of the celebration, a state-level painting competition with the theme “Bamboo for the Environment, Energy, and Employment’ will be held in two categories at Singjamei community hall.
The BeeNet Manipur (Biodiversity, Ecology and Environment) Network Manipur) planted saplings of trees and bamboos at the Nupilan and Khongjom Lan Memorial at Sangaithel in connection with the observance of World Bamboo Day, 2022.
The team conducted tree plantation, discussed the objective of this year’s World Bamboo Day topic “To raise awareness on conservation of bamboo forests and promotion of bamboo industry” and also discussed on the environment economy perspectives in respects of Manipur while endorsing into plantation of sapling. Manipur as IUCN listed zone as Indo-Burma hotspot region is hilly state where many economic plants and trees are abundantly grown and many of them are lying untapped and in unorganised status due to lack of political commitment, policy-programs and committed person.
The participants further reaffirmed to continue to fulfil the motto of the BeeNet Manipur “Shanghallasi Manipur / Towards greener Manipur” by planting trees in feasible places of the state and also to take up initiatives for promotion of environmental economy in the state.