The MSME Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association recently conducted a webinar on “Commercial Cultivation & Industrial Application of Bamboo”. The resource person was Dr N Barathi, an Agriculture Scientist from Chennai, who has over 40 years of experience in plant propagation by tissue culture and cultivation of plants.
On the occasion, he termed bamboo as a ‘wonder plant’, looking at its versatility as the use from as source of fuel to as an edible food item.
In his talk he listed out that bamboo can be used in electronics, furnishings, as charcoal as bio mass, as bio fuel as a replacement for coal. According to him it is an ideal plant for industrial application as its cultivation is relatively less cumbersome. He highlighted that bamboo cultivation requires very little water, around 200 mm water annually and only around 5.5 mm water daily. He pointed out that the bamboo plant health can be ascertained by the Leaf Test report usually conducted by Agricultural colleges. According to him, bamboo can be made use of to mitigate the adverse effect of carbon emission.
At the outset Past President of VIA Atul Pande welcomed the speaker. Girish Deodhar, Chairman - MSME Forum moderated the session while Dr Anita Rao, Joint Secretary - VIA introduced the guest and moderated the question and answer session. Prominently present Madhav Labhe, Chairman - LITTA, Prof Ashit Sinha, former Vice President VIA, Ajay Agrawal from Akola, representatives Bamboo Society of India, Madhusudan Roonghta, Chairman – MIDC Industries Association, Chandrapur and many more associations. The webinar was hosted on