World Bamboo Day 2017 celebrated in JNTBGRI

Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, celebrated World Bamboo Day on 18th September 2017 with fervor and enthusiasm.

Mr. K.S. Justin Stanley, the Director of State Forest Training School (SFTS), Arippa, Thiruvananthapuram was the chief guest of the event. JNTBGRI Director - Dr. A.G. Pandurangan, Founder of JNTBGRI-Bambusetum - Dr. K.C. Koshy, Plant Genetic Resources Division Head - Dr. P. K. Sureshkumar, Bamboo Biology Unit Head - Dr. Mathew Dan, Peringammala Grama Panchayath Member - Mr. G. Jayakumar, other Division Heads and Scientists of JNTBGRI, staff members, researchers and science club students of Chithara GHSS, totaling 150 persons participated in the event.
The programme commenced at 10.00am, with welcome by Dr. Mathew Dan. It was followed by a speech on bamboos by JNTBGRI Director, Dr. A.G. Pandurangan and SFTS Director Mr. Justin Stanley. The occasion was falicitated by Division Head, Dr. P.K. Sureshkumar and Grama Panchayath Member Mr. G. Jayakumar.

Following were highlights of the programme:

Inaugural distribution of saplings of an economic and aesthetic bamboo species
Gigantochloa andamanica (Kurz) Kurz, a beautiful and useful medium sized bamboo, collected in 1994 from Andaman Islands by JNTBGRI scientists, has flowered in 2016 and died after seeding. Polybag saplings were prepared by germinating these seeds. Its inaugural distribution in the Indian mainland was done by the Director JNTBGRI, by handing over the saplings to the Director of State Forest Training School.

Planting of bamboo offsets in the Bambusetum
Offset of an economically important bamboo Thyrsostachys oliveri Gamble, native to NE India, was planted to Bambusetum, a new addition by Mr. Justin Stanley and of Gigantochloa andamanica (Kurz) Kurz (2nd generation seedling) by Dr. Pandurangan. Thus present holding of the Bambusetum has increased to 79 species and 1098 accessions.

Exhibitionand distribution of bamboo handicrafts
Craftsmen from ‘Pratheeksha Bamboo Industry’, Elavupalam, ‘Traditional Artefacts’, Palode and Idinjaar Tribal Settlement exhibited and distributed bamboo utensils of agricultural and household uses.

Display of bamboo curios
Bamboo crafts collected from other places of Kerala, North Eastern India, culm segments of rare species, rhizome carvings, flower vases, mats, baskets, fruits, etc were exhibited by the Bamboo Biology Unit, JNTBGRI

Demonstration of bamboo splint weaving
Traditional Bamboo Weavers (2) from Idinjaar exhibited their skill by preparing agricultural baskets.

Preparation and distribution of ‘Bamboo-Rice Payasam’
Bamboo Biology Unit prepared a tasty ‘payasam’ out of bamboo seeds, a rare traditional cuisine, and served to participants of the event.

Awareness class and Training
Selected rural women (50nos.) from Peringammala Grama Panchayath were given an Awareness class on bamboos and were trained on bamboo propagation. Saplings of G. andamanica were distributed to them, free of cost.

A talk on ‘Relevance of Bamboos’, by Dr. B. Gopakumar, was broadcasted by All India Radio, Thiruvananthapuram Station, in ‘Harithavani’ programme at 8.45am on 19/09/2017.





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