Vol.09. Nos.1 - 2 (2010) pp.101-108

Economics of bamboo cultivation: A case study of Uttarakhand

Authors:Gusain, M.S; Lepcha, S.T.S; Singh, C.J; Munesh Kumar

Abstract:An area of 0.139 million hectares is covered by bamboo forests in the State of Uttarakhand, India. The demand for bamboo is increasing at the State level as a raw material for the paper and pulp mills. The Uttarakhand Bamboo and Fiber Development Board (UBFDB) is also taking up plantations of bamboo both at forest and non-forest areas. There is lack of information regarding the actual cost involved in the plantation or cultivation of bamboo. The study consisted of assessing the cost benefit of bamboo plantation in the State along with finding out problems in this sector. Of the two kinds of bamboo plantations, in the commercial method, the cost of raising bamboo farm is Rs. 27,350/ha. In the conventional method, there is not much input cost involved. Overall commercial cultivation of bamboo is viable option in the State. Bamboo cultivation can be an excellent way of livelihood for poor. In hills, bamboo could be grown along the boundaries of agriculture fields, stream banks, waste lands etc. There is good scope for bamboo cultivation in the State of Uttarakhand. Commercial cultivation of bamboo will not only meet industrial raw material demand but also alleviate poverty. Plantation of bamboo in the form of windbreaks or along bunds is also a viable option

Keywords:bamboo cultivation; Uttarakhand.

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