Establishment of a Bambusetum is in pressing need in Manipur: Dr Birkumar
IMPHAL: Dr. H. Birkumar Singh, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NEIST on Friday highlighted the urgent and pressing need of establishment of a Bambusetum in Manipur during the observation of World Bamboo Day at CSIR-NEIST, Branch Laboratory, Lamphelpat, Imphal.
It was jointly organized with the Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur.
He mentioned that bamboo is a traditional resource of Manipur having wide utility need from child birth to dead. Although Manipur harbours a diverse species of bamboo but till now no sustaining way of cultivation and conservation is taken up, he stressed that the economy of the state will depend upon the rich biological heritage of the state where bamboo is an important component.
Prof. Amar Yumnam, Head, Department of South East Asia Studies, Manipur University who was the Chief Guest of the program focuses on the realization of bamboo being an important resource specially in Asian countries. He further said that we have plenty of bamboo in our state and it is highly used in different traditional forms.
In 1992- 1993, the International Network for Bamboo was interested on the bamboo resources of Manipur and Tripura but we could not take the opportunity. Now we need to think about the future economic development of bamboo which could be a potential resource. A scientific roadmap is needed to establish, the professor said.
Mr. Mayanglambam Khelendro Singh, Vice President, The Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur and Mr. Mawung Mingthing, Secretary, The Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur attended the program as Guests of Honour.
Keynote address of the programme was given by Dr. Atom Sunil Singh, Director, Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS), Manipur. Dr. Atom Sunil Singh said that World Bamboo Day was officially established on September 18 at the 8th World Bamboo Congress held in Bangkok in 2009. The programme is celebrated to raise awareness of the benefits of bamboo and to promote its use in everyday products.
Bamboo is a viable replacement for wood. It can be harvest in 3-5 years versus 10-20 for most softwood. It greatly reduces erosion with a sum of stem flow rate. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on this planet, he said adding that it has been recorded growing at an amazing 47.6 inches in a 24 hour period.
Bamboo can also tolerate extreme conditions that most plants cannot. It was actually the first plant to re-green after the atomic blast in Hiroshima in 1945. Considering health benefits and it’s immune boosting properties and also good for respiratory problems, the observation of World Bamboo Day is very appropriate during COVID-19, Dr. Atom Sunil Singh added.
In Meitei tradition, once a baby is born, the baby is kept into a yangkok which is made of cane and bamboo. Bamboo is needed during child birth, marriage and dead in Meetei/Meitei society. Bamboo is closely associated with our tradition and we have separate puya for bamboo called “Waron” as mentioned by Mr N Ratan Meetei of AIMS, Dr. Atom said.