Bamboo Technical Support Group (BTSG-KFRI)
The Bamboo Technical Support Group (BTSG) is hosted at KFRI and supported by the National Bamboo Mission of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to serve as a unit providing support to the National Bamboo Cell in technical and research matters.
BTSG-KFRI has been conducting training programs for field workers in various southern states for the last several years. Our training support includes resource enhancement through propagation technology, establishment and management of plantations, value addition of bamboo produce through preservative treatment and proper utilization for various end uses, advice to farmers and State Bamboo Missions on the suitability of species for different regions and land types etc.
Research Projects - 12 completed and 3 ongoing.
Researchers/ Consultants- National and international.
Artisans/Traders - National level members.
Farmers/Plantations - State and National level
BTSG-KFRI has made significant efforts to assist bamboo farmers, artisans and researchers in reducing the information gap for them by aggregating the information of each category.
The Directory of Artisans, and Traders of Bamboo products is a source of information on the variety of products available in the Indian market.
Our Farmers directory connects local producers with bamboo-based industries or artisans. Direct from producer to consumer sale of raw and processed bamboo without an intermediary.
This Directory of Bamboo Researchers is a listing of experts in different disciplines from around the world which will help locate an expert through the contact details provided.
This directory is an online resource for locating nurseries in India that assist bamboo propagation.
Bamboo species of commercial importance, including common names, morphology, and cultivation.
Authentic resource for farmers, scientists, and all other stakeholders involved in bamboo farming and value addition.
KSCSTE- Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, has been awarded a patent for developing a “Binding matrix for incense sticks or cones”. Binding material is one of the essential materials in incense stick production. A typical incense recipe will use just 0.3 ml of the binder for every 15 ml of material on a volume basis. This binding matrix is eco-friendly, less polluting and low-cost compared to the existing ones. Thanks to the National Bamboo Mission under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt of India, for the support and guidance.
A group of engineering students from Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has developed an electric vehicle prototype. The team, named Pravega, comprises 26 mechanical engineering students from all four years of study. The vehicle is constructed using biodegradable bamboo composites and is powered by electricity. The vehicle is a tear-drop-shaped three-wheeler weighing 100 kilograms. The team aimed to reduce the vehicle’s carbon footprint while emphasizing organic and eco-friendly features. The team plans to take it to Indonesia to participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia Pacific and Middle East, starting on July 4.
National Bamboo Mission (NBM) conducted “The National Workshop of Bamboo Sector Development” in New Delhi on 10th March 2023. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Inaugural session was graced by the Ambassadors of Myanmar, Serbia, Minister Economics, Nepal. The inaugural session witnessed the launch of bamboo information website by Bamboo Technical Support Group South Zone, Kerala Forest Research Institute (BTSG - KFRI), an exclusive website for bamboo information including bamboo species, cultivation, activities of BTSG-KFRI, and a database of artisans, researchers, farmers, plantations and nurseries is maintained by BTSG-KFRI.
- കെ.എഫ്.ആർ.ഐയിൽ മുള പ്രജനനം, കരകൗശല വസ്തുക്കളുടെ നിർമ്മാണം, പ്ലാന്റേഷൻ പരിശീലന പരിപാടികൾക്ക് രജിസ്റ്റര് ചെയ്യാം.
- Training program at KFRI with a focus on bamboo propagation, plantation and handicraft making.
- June 22 , 2022 International Standard Organization (ISO) published a key new standard on engineered bamboo structures
- August 31, 2019 Amendment in the import policy of “Agarbatti” & other odoriferous preparations