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  • 15 March, 2021

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Flowering of Bamboos in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

The gregarious flowering of bamboo inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the nearby Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and Gudalur forest division in Tamil Nadu.

Life cycle of bamboo:

  • Bamboo is a monocarpic (flowering occurs only once in the life cycle) plant belonging to the Poaceae family (grass family), and its flowering cycle varies from 40 to 60 years.
  • The Bamboo flowers and die.
  • Regeneration occurs from seeds after gregarious flowering. Seeds have no dormancy, and they can undergo germination under favourable conditions soon after seed fall.
  • The bamboo groves in the Wayanad forest are the mainstay of herbivores like elephants, wild gaur in the Nilgiri biosphere during summer.

National Bamboo Mission:

  • The restructured NBM was launched in 2018-19 for the holistic development of the complete value chain of the bamboo sector and is being implemented in a hub and spoke model.

Objective:

  • Connecting farmers to markets so as to enable farmer producers to get a ready market for the bamboo grown.
  • To increase the supply of appropriate raw material to the domestic industry.
  • To upgrade skills of traditional bamboo craftsmen as per the requirement of contemporary markets with a tie-up with enterprises and premier institutes.
  • The Sector Skill Councils established under the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) will impart skills and recognition of prior learning to traditional artisans, encouraging the youth to carry forward their family traditions.

NSDA is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship that anchors the National Skill Qualifications Framework and allied quality assurance mechanisms for synergizing skill initiatives in the country.

Source: TH


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