Homestead plantation
The concept of homestead plantation was first introduced in Gujarat, and later Uttar Pradesh. Farmers’ meetings were organized to create awareness on bamboo plantations and meetings were held with the district administration, panchayats and schools in connection with bamboo plantation at the institutional level. Seedlings and rhizomes of species with multiple applications such as Dendrocalamus longipathus, Bambusa pallida and Bambusa tulda – were procured from Tripura; and Bambusa bambos were distributed and planted on farmers’ lands. Model plots and nurseries were developed into commercial enterprises; this generated additional income from sale of culms.

Plantations on community lands
As a result of awareness creation, permissions were received, and plantations were raised on village land in Tapi district. Multiplication and propagation of plants were done at the hardening centre in Ukai to meet the planting material need.

Industrial and institutional plantations
Awareness campaigns led to several thousand bamboos being planted in 19 stone quarries in Gujarat. These plantations address the issue of increasing the resource base and rehabilitating degraded and wastelands. The Gujarat Industries Power Company Limited likewise carried out an intensive plantation using tissue culture Bambusa balcooa plants on 20 acres of mining overburden.

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