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The bamboo cookies are made by adding bamboo shoot paste to wheat flour. Bamboo shoots are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, digestive fibres and have less fat content.
Multiple former senior officials of Hindustan Paper Corporation have been booked for allegedly purchasing bamboo & pulp at high rates despite cheaper alternatives.
Modi government’s efforts to revitalise bamboo trade do not address the issue of bamboo waste and its commercial utilisation, which is the key to its success.
The idea of giving 1.5 times the cost of the produce is good, but with challenges in implementation, achieving effectiveness will require innovative approach.
Northeast accounts for 66% of India’s bamboo stock; currently there is negligible export of bamboo from India due to legal hurdles.
Bamboo ceased being a 'tree' according to the new amendment made to the Indian Forest Act 1927, but this applies only to bamboo grown in non-forest areas in the country.