Nagaland tightens bamboo ties with Thailand
Dimapur, Aug. 24 (EMN): Nagaland has proposed to establish an ‘India-Taiwan Bamboo Technical Centre’ in Dimapur to help promote the bamboo industry in the state.
This was discussed during a meeting between a team from Nagaland led by Jyoti Kalash, Resident Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary, along with Bamboo Mission Team Director Imtirenla and staff, with the Taiwan technical team at Nagaland House, RK Puram, New Delhi on Saturday, a statement informed.
“The centre will be hosted at Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC), Dimapur and will be implemented by Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) and Taiwanese Bamboo Company in the area of R&D, technology transfer, Ssill development, exchange of experts, investments in bamboo sector, marketing etc.,” the statement read.
A team led by the chairman of NBDA visited Taiwan from August 4 to the 7th, and had several meetings with the stakeholders to collaborate in short and long term goals, it stated.
Some of the goals discussed were: technical cooperation and support for development of various technologies for value additions of bamboo for making into utility and marketable products, products that can reopen plastics and eco-friendly products; to create a demonstration centre of Taiwanese machine and tools, products and information centre at NBRC for the entrepreneurs and start-ups; to promote cooperation for transfer of technology, skill development and areas of technical cooperation with Taiwan and Nagaland and NE states on bamboo plantation, processing and products development, design development etc; and to facilitate exchange of young scientists, artisans, farmers, designers, experts for study and R&D activities between Taiwan and Nagaland.
The team planned to organise international seminars, workshops, forums, expo or seminars on bamboo plantation, biotechnology investment, trade etc., “and one within this year at Nagaland” in order to promote Indo-Taiwan cooperation, the statement read.
It also said that agencies like TAITRA and ICDF from Taiwan have agreed to work with the NBDA and provide technical assistance on bamboo related relevant projects.
They will also jointly promote bamboo and bamboo products developed with Taiwanese experts in the upcoming World Bamboo Congress to be held in Taiwan later next year.
It further stated that a technical team from Taiwan would be visiting Nagaland in order to “work on the modalities” to carry this cooperation forward with the support of the Indian and Taiwanese governments.
The Taiwanese team also suggested the possibility of bamboo tourism though exchange programmes, it informed.