KVIC and BSF Launch Project Bold in Jaisalmer

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in collaboration with the Border Security Force (BSF) in a first of its kind project has launched Project Bold with the primary aim of developing green cover in the Indian deserts of Rajasthan.

Highlights

  • On 27th July, 2021 KVIC along with the BSF planted 1000 bamboo saplings under Project Bold.
  • The saplings were planted in Tanot village in Jaisalmer.
  • Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, the chairman of KVIC, launched this first of a kind plantation program in the presence of Shri Surendra Panwar, Special DG of the BSF.
  • Project BOLD, which stands for Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought, aims to provide livelihood, reducing desertification and providing multi-disciplinary rural industry support to the local population of the area.

Plan of KVIC

KVIC has planned to develop the green patch in Tanot which will be bamboo based as a tourist attraction. Maintenance of the plants will be done by BSF. On 4th July Project Bold was launched from Nichla Mandwa, a tribal village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. 5000 saplings of special bamboo species were planted in this village. Bamboo plantation will provide a green cover and will help in reducing the desertification of this area in Tanot. The bamboo plants will multiply in the coming years and at the current market rate of Rs 5000 per ton, this produce will generate nearly 5 lakh rupees of income which will help in supporting the local economy.

Usage of Bamboo

Bamboo can be used for making various things such as furniture, agarbatti sticks, musical instruments, and handicraft and paper pulp. Bamboo waste is also widely used in the making of fuel briquette and charcoal. Bamboos are also known for helping in conservation of water and it will be useful in drought-prone regions.

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