Bamboo Technical Support Group – Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (BTSG-ICFRE), Dehradun constituted under National Agroforestry and Bamboo Mission (NABM: earlier named as National Bamboo Mission-NBM) is functioning at ICFRE Headquarters under the Directorate of Research. BTSG-ICFRE is supporting the efforts of NABM to promote bamboo sector in the country through the expertise available in the Council and research base of its Institutes available at the National level.
Department of Agricultural and Cooperation (DAC), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India has been implementing the centrally sponsored scheme – National Agro forestry and Bamboo Mission under the Mission of Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH). This mission envisages promoting holistic growth of bamboo sector by adopting area-based, regionally differentiated strategy and to increase the area under bamboo in potential areas with improved varieties for enhancing yield. It also envisages promoting marketing of bamboo based handicrafts.
To achieve the objectives of the mission, efforts are being made by BTSG-ICFRE in the direction to have over all information on bamboo resource and demand at the National level. Dynamic web portal / database has therefore been designed and developed by BTSG-ICFRE with a view to provide plausible answer to various queries on bamboo resource of the country, which entailed a lot of efforts and extensive deliberations on the subject. The web portal, so developed, encompasses following attributes: