NILPHAMARI, August 16: Two international development organisations have launched an initiative to support and upgrade the production and marketing of bamboo-based items in the northern region.
A project named "partnership for agro-products development and marketing access" was jointly initiated by Inter Cooperation and Catalyst.
It aims to provide technical assistance to persons engaged in the bamboo industry for modernisation and diversification of their products.
The project's main objective is to make the products exportable, and increase the earning of the bamboo craftsmen through providing access to more profitable markets both at home and abroad and devise attractive designs.
The project's operation has been started in 50 villages of Rajshahi district where 5,000 bamboo workers are engaged in production of different bamboo-based items like basket, book-shelf, cradle, mango bucket, poultry case etc.
A nursery of bamboo saplings was also established under the project with the technical assistance of the Forest Research Institute. The prices of these new varieties of bamboos would be minimum and affordable for the poor craftsmen, said sources.