Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought (BOLD) Project

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Recently, the Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought (BOLD) project has been initiated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

  • It was launched as part of KVIC’s Khadi Bamboo Festival to celebrate 75 years of independence, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
  • Under it, 5000 saplings of special bamboo species (Bambusa tulda and Bambusa polymorpha), specially brought from Assam, are planted over approximately 16 acres of vacant arid Gram Panchayat land.  
  • KVIC has thus created a world record of planting the highest number of bamboo saplings on one day at one location.
  • The unique scientific exercise may be a first of its kind in India and has been launched from the tribal village NichlaMandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
  • KVIC is about to duplicate it at Dholera village, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Leh-Ladakh region.
राजस्थान में जनजातियों की आय और बांस आधारित अर्थव्यवस्था को बढ़ावा देने के  लिए खादी और ग्रामोद्योग आयोग की अनोखी परियोजना बोल्ड

Significance:

  • The project seeks to make bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid land zones.
  • Bamboos grow very fast and will be harvested in about three years’ time.
  • Bamboos also are known for conserving water and reducing evaporation of water from the land surface, which becomes significant for arid and drought-prone regions.
  • It serves the combined national objectives of reducing land degradation and desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support.
  • It will boost self-employment and benefit a large number of women and unemployed youths within the region by connecting them to skill development programmes.
  • These green patches are going to be havens of sustainable development and food security.

 

SOURCE: PIB 

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