CIBART in Brief

The Centre for Indian Bamboo Resource and Technology (CIBART) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), registered as a not-for-profit public company limited by shares under Section 25 of the Companies Act (Registration no. U20239DL2118053 dated 16 December 2002), and Section 8 under ICA 2013. Set up in 2002as an apex technical and policy organization on bamboo in India devoted to rural, economic and environmental development, CIBART has developed and mentored the largest group of subsidiary NGOs and social enterprises that have a collective technical experience of 71 years in working with bamboo. The CIBART group employs 1024 people on a full-time basis, mainly bamboo artisans, and can address any need/opportunity for natural resource utilization and value-added products thereon.Typical projects are in the 2-12 crore range.

CIBART has also worked abroad in Eastern and Southern Africa as the South-South technical partner on bamboo development for the international organization, INBAR, in Madagascar, Tanzania and Ethiopia and has been included as one of the main agencies in the publication brought out by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), New York. CIBART in association with the Italian Bamboo Association, undertook several workshops across Italy. Besides, high-end bamboo construction work has been repeatedly contracted in the Maldives.

CIBART is successfully operating 8 Bamboo CFCs and processing centres in India in 5 locations in 5 states - Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Most have been operating for years as self-sustaining units based on public and private orders across the country. In Tripura, CIBART developed a network of 330 SHGs in an enterprise mode which transformed the lives of over 1,50,000 women, directly and indirectly, through introduction of value-addition stages of agarbatti production. CIBART has also done considerable work in Manipur. In Uttarakhand, CIBART developed the State Bamboo Policy document based on which UBFDB was set up with CIBART as a governing body member.

India’s largest bamboo structure of 10,750 sq ft (a club house) has been erected in Hyderabad. Currently a 1,70,000 squarefeet bamboo training and R&D centreis being built in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, by NATIVE Konbac Bamboo Products which is one of CIBART’s social enterprises under the NATIVE banner.

Bamboo school desks produced by CIBART have found acceptance in government schools with 19 orders; a GO was issued by the Government of Gujarat for tribal schools to purchase school desks from CIBART without tender requirements. CM (now PM) Modi has himself seen and recognized the work done in this respect. Furniture and cottages are purchased by private individuals/companies, and eco-tourism projects have been done for the Government of Gujarat.

CIBART’s bamboo boats have been used both in tourism and for rescue and relief to thousands of rural people affected by flood in UP. A GO was issued to the DMs in flood-prone districts to obtain bamboo boats from CIBART.

CIBART trains artisans to design, develop and produce, using cutting edge bamboo processing technologies and equipment;structures and furniture can compete in global markets. Research has led to production of bent laminate furniture; flattened bamboo produced bamboo pencils; low-cost corrugated roofing sheets; and wafer board technology was developed for structures and furniture. CIBART is working on a composite fertilizer of sewage sludge and flyash, disposable and compostable bamboo-straw urinals, carbon capture and sequestration, portable tissue culture labs in shipping containers (already exported, and supplied to IFFDC).

CIBART has been working on natural fibres such as nettle and hemp, and has a specialist, Dr Nisha Tripati, who has worked before on her PhD under the guidance of MrSamdupLepcha, the then CEO of UBFDB.

Natural bamboo fibre is in an advanced stage of development and initial yarn used in weaving. Bamboo fluff has already been produced and will be processed further.

Bamboo leaves as feed and fodder, as tea, and as a source of antioxidant flavonoids is also being worked on. An R&D campus is under establishment in Noida, UP, in the Delhi-NCR region and would be operational in a month’s time.

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