Tripura Bamboo Mission (TBM) organized an “Interactive Meet” with the Bamboo Products Manufacturing Units of Tripura on 20th April 2023 at Conference Hall, BCDI, Lichubagan, Agartala to review the functioning of the units and their difficulties in running the bamboo based units in the state.
The program were attended by 75 nos. owners of bamboo based enterprises and the said program was inaugurated by Smt. Santana Chakma, Hon’ble Minister, I&C in presence of Sri Tinku Roy, Hon’ble Minister, Sports and Youth Affairs, Sri Nabadal Banik, Hon’ble Chairman, Tripura Industrial Development Corporation Ltd., Smt. Vishwasree B., IAS, Director, I&C cum Mission Director, Tripura Bamboo Mission. Experiences of the entrepreneurs/ Bankers were shared in the house to facilitate others as well as aspiring new entrepreneurs in this sector and in course of discussion the entrepreneurs opined that units are facing difficulties for selling of their Mechanised Agarbatti sticks to the Banglore based companies.
It has also been opined by them that Chineese enterprises involved in Agarbatti stick making activities are incentivised once Govt. of India enhance the import duty on Agarbatti stick from 15% to 25%.
Sri Tinku Roy, Hon’ble Minister, Sports and Youth Affairs stressed upon formation of a platform/ organization to solve the issues jointly as well as bringing issues concerned of their production units to the notice of both Union and State Govt.
Smt. Santana Chakma, Hon’ble Minister, I&C opined the entrepreneurs to explore possibilities to ensure zero wastage of the raw material used to ascertain better profitability as in practice in other prominent countries/ competitors of Indian bamboo based industries.
The other bamboo based activities planned by the State Govt, with financial support of Union Govt. were highlighted by Hon’ble Minister so as to get back the glory for the state of Tripura as leader in this sector in our country. The other dignitaries/ officials from BCDI-NECTAR, NEC- BDC, Guwahati and representative of Deputy Commissioner (Handicrafts) remained present in the said interactive meet apart from District Level officials of Industries Department.
Finally, the entrepreneurs attended today’s interactive meet formed an organization in the name of ALL TRIPURA BAMBOO PRODUCTS MANUFACTURERS’ ORGANIZATION (ATBPMO) including nomination of office bearers of the organization as shown below to resolve issues of units relates to entire value chain of the Bamboo sector in the state and to appraise the latest technology in this sector among their fellow members: