Restructured National Bamboo Mission Aims, Objectives and Benefits: Cabinet Approval (Important)

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Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved centrally sponsored scheme ‘National Bamboo Mission’ (NBM) under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) on 25th April, 2018 for remaining period of 14th Finance Commission (2018 - 19 & 2019 - 20) .

Holistic Development of Bamboo Sector
  • NBM will ensure integrated development of bamboo sector by establishing effective linkage of farmers w/industry.


  • Mission will establish about 4000 treatment & product development units.
  • It will optimise farm productivity & income, thereby will enhance livelihood opportunities of small & marginal farmers including landless & women.
  • It will serve as potential instrument for enhancing income of farmers & contributing towards climate resilience & environmental benefits.
  • It will help in creating employment directly or indirectly in both skilled & unskilled segments.

Restructured NBM Strives

  • It will increase area under bamboo plantation in non-forest govt. & private lands to supplement farm income.
  • It will improve post-harvest management thru establishment of innovative primary processing units, treatment & seasoning plants, seasoning plants & market infrastructure.
  • It will promote product development at micro, small & medium levels industry.
  • It will promote skill development, capacity building & awareness generation for development of bamboo sector.

Steps for Development of Bamboo Sector

  • Mission will focus on development of bamboo in limited States where it has social, commercial & economical advantage w/focus on genetically superior planting material of bamboo species of commercial & industrial demand.
  • Adoption of end to end solution in bamboo sector i.e.. complete value chain approach starting from bamboo growers to consumers would be emphasized.
  • Mission is developed as platform for integration of Ministries/Departments/Agencies w/implementation responsibilities given based on their mandate.
  • Capacity building of officials, field functionaries, entrepreneurs & farmers thru skill development & trainings will be emphasised.
  • Focus will be given on Research & Development (R&D) to increase production & productivity of bamboo.

What is National Bamboo Mission?

National Bamboo Mission
  • NBM initially started as Centrally Sponsored Scheme in 2006 - 07 & was later subsumed under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) during 2014 - 15 & continued till 2015 - 16.
  • NBM aims to promote growth of bamboo sector thru area based regionally differentiated strategy.
  • Since 2006 - 07, area of 3.62 lakh ha is covered under bamboo plantations. There are now 39 bamboo wholesale markets, 40 bamboo bazaars & 29 retail outlets.
  • There were limited efforts on processing, product development & value addition. Additionally, there was weak linkage b/w farmers & industry.
  • Mission was restructured to give emphasis to address complete value chain for growth of bamboo sector & to establish pleasant relation b/w farmers & industry.

Empowerment of Executive Committee

  • CCEA approved Empowerment of Executive Committee for formulation of guidelines of NBM & to make changes therein.
  • Committee will offer specific recommendations for States, w/approval of Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
  • Govt. has approved outlay of ₹ 1290 cr. for implementation of Mission during remaining period of 14th Finance Commission. Of total share, ₹ 950 cr. will be borne by centre.


  • Scheme will benefit farmers, local artisans & associated personnel engaged in bamboo sector including associated industries.
  • It will bring about 1 lakh hectares area under bamboo plantation, which will directly benefit over 1 lakh farmers.

States Covered

  • Mission will focus on development of bamboo in States where it has social, commercial & economical advantage like complete NE region & States including MP, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, U ′ Khand, Bihar, Jharkhand, AP, Telangana, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu & Kerala.

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