Odisha Handicrafts Department to set up four bamboo craftsmen facilitation centers – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: As part of the move to promote bamboo handicrafts and enhance the skills of traditional artisans in the state, the Looms, Textiles and Handicrafts Department has decided to set up four Joint Facilitation Centers ( CFC) in four districts.

Centers will appear in bamboo clusters in Deogarh (Bamparada), Sambalpur (Sambalpur town), Boudh (Sindurapur in Kantamal block) and Koraput (Boipariguda block). These CFCs will be set up with the support of Odisha Bamboo Development Mission (OBDM) under the Forest Department.

The handicrafts department has asked its officials in the districts to identify at least one acre of land for this purpose. The Facilitation Centers will have everything for bamboo growers and artisans under one roof, including the equipment needed to process raw bamboo, technical know-how and training, raw material and market connection to sell their processed products.

OBDM sources said that bamboo in Odisha is mainly categorized into two categories – industrial bamboo which is used for industrial purposes or stationery, and commercial bamboo which is used mainly for household and other work as well as by rural artisans.

The annual bamboo production potential in the state is estimated at around 4,000,000 MT. There are approximately 22,000 bamboo artisans in the state. Although bamboo handicrafts are practiced in all districts, the concentration of artisans is high in Bargarh, Sonepur, Sundargarh, Rayagada, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur.

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