Guwahati: For the first time in India, Manipur is all set to host the 3rd World Bamboo Workshop, 2019 from February 4 to February 8 in Imphal. The first Bamboo workshop was held in Veracruz, Mexico in 2017 followed by its second edition at Lima, Peru.
State Principal Secretary (Trade, Commerce & Industries), P Vaiphei highlighted a brief feature account of the workshop. He further informed that there will be 25 stalls located within the City Convention Centre on the ground floor which will specifically focus on bamboo products, bamboo technology and bamboo related items. The stalls will be mostly demonstrative in nature where the people of the state can come and experience it.
"Another 50 stalls will also be set up in Imphal's Hapta Kengjeibung. The stalls will try to showcase the rich handloom and handicraft products," said Vaiphei. He further added that bamboo food cooking competition will be held using bamboo products like bamboo shoot to focus on the food aspect of bamboo.
The bamboo workshop is organized by World Bamboo Organization which is an annual event with an objective to spread the traditional use and application of bamboo of a particular place or region of the world.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will also be signed with two companies namely DICMA Trade from Mexico and Grow More Biotech from Bengaluru during the workshop to improve the business of bamboo which has a rich cultural heritage.
The Principal Secretary of the state also informed that it would introduce a Bamboo Policy soon to develop a sector in bamboo and that the department has prepared a draft policy which is likely to be introduced in the month of February.
"The bamboo policy would be introduced after due consultation with experts and having acquired knowledge from the international workshop. The state is unable to tap the full potential of bamboo due to lack of a proper policy although after having bamboo abundantly," the Principal secretary said.
The Northeastern region is described as a repository of bamboo resources having 28 percent of the country's bamboo area and Manipur alone is contributing 14 percent to the country's growing stock according to the expert. It has also been reported that Manipur reportedly has 55 species of bamboo.