IMPHAL: With the aim to promote of those individuals who have skills and tradition in utilization of cane and bamboo also to promote bamboo and cane products found in Manipur, a day-long awareness programme on Cane and Bamboo was organized by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), Assam in collaboration with Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS) under the sponsorship of North East Council (NEC), Shillong, Ministry of DoNER, Government of India at Academic Hall, Department of South-East Asian Studies, Manipur University on Tuesday.
Addressing as the chief guest at the awareness programme, Head Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Manipur University Professor Amar Yumnam said that the development can come only when we make use of our own local resources by improving skills, traditions and cultures and adding he said that with the creative skills of using cane and bamboo, we can produce the best items in the world and sustain our climate issue too.
He further said that bamboo and cane are the fast growing trees which can easily re-generated and its products of goods is longer lasting while others trees take long years to grow slower than bamboo. The use of plastics gives damages to the environment. He urged for helping Manipur go forward by using our own natural resources in order to have a healthy livelihood.
Compared to developed countries like China, Japan and Philippines, we the Indians are still lacking in building relationship linkage between the learned research scholars and farmers where a learned-man can reach out with a good awareness message to the farmers to make use of rich natural resources found in the State, concluded the chief guest.
Chairman of the Alternative Plants of Opium and Poppy Japan, Yutaka Agatsuma said that Manipur has a good relationship with Japan and said that they will like to put best efforts to promote bamboo and cane products of Manipur. He also shared about Japanese tradition on how they encourage Japanese youths to develope their skills and traditions in utilization of bamboos and cane.
He further said that bamboo plantation take only three years in growing, which we can use within a short period of time and at the same time it will also help fight global warming. Some species of bamboos bear fruits and it is eatable also. Giving a conclusion to his speech, he said that in Japan per piece of bamboo sprout cost Rs. 500.
Director of TMH Green Products Limited Japan, Teruki Watanabe, Senior Principal Scientist CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru Dr. Ng. Iboyaima Singh, Principal of Yang English Academy Urkhrul District, K. Vareiyo, Manager of CBTC, Assam H. Priyokumar Singh, retired Scientist Consultant of CBTC Byrnihat, Assam Dr. T.C. Bhuyan and vice-president, the Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Mayanglambam Khelendro Singh attended as the main dignitaries at the awareness programme.