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.
Exclusive website for Bamboo information "Bamboo Info" launched
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.
"World's First" Bamboo Crash Barrier In Maharashtra
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said a 200-meter-long bamboo crash barrier has been installed on a highway connecting Chandrapur and Yavatmal districts in Maharashtra, which he termed as the "world's first" such exercise. Calling it a "remarkable achievement" for the country and its bamboo sector, Nitin Gadkari said this crash barrier offers a perfect alternative to steel and addresses environmental concerns. The Minister of Road Transport and Highways said this bamboo crash barrier has been christened as "Bahu Balli".
Himachal to start pilot project for bio-energy production from bamboo
Himachal Pradesh will start a pilot project for bio-energy production from pine needles and bamboo as the state is blessed with an enormous wealth of coniferous forest and has a high potential for bamboo production, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said. The project would involve the local community and increase their income. The scope can be expanded to include fuel briquettes made from pine needles as potential substitutes, which have the advantage of much higher calorific value, and this would also pave the way for strengthening the rural economy.
- June 2 - 3 , 2023 European Bamboo Expo 2023
- June 22 , 2022 International Standard Organization (ISO) published a key new standard on engineered bamboo structures
- January 01-03, 2022 Engineered Bamboo for Sustainable Construction Conference
- August 31, 2019 Amendment in the import policy of “Agarbatti” & other odoriferous preparations