From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Nov 5: A week-long compulsory training course on Bamboo Resource Development for addressing livelihood concerns of communities for officers of Indian Forest Service was kicked off at the Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) (Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education) which was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, Climate Change, Government of India. A total of 22 Indian Forest Service officials from across the country are taking part, said Dr. R S C Jayraj, the director of RFRI on Monday.
During his iugural speech, Dr R A C Jayraj said that RFRI had been chosen because in the Northeast most number of bamboo varieties grow here. There are 17 rare species found in the region too. The course is mainly to sensitize the senior officials on the importance of bamboo. “We want to showcase this so that it can be taken from us” he said. During the iugural session, bamboo researchers, designers of tiol and intertiol repute like Dr. Prithiviraj Singh, Dr. AK Jain, Dr. Sukumar Hawbam, Dr. Ratan Lal Banik spoke on the occasion who will also lead and address bamboo livelihood concern to communities based on the affect, the pros and cons of bamboo resource development, while the participating officials will also be taken to Bamboo Development Unit at Dimapur in galand during the week period, the director RFRI added.