Tripura Bamboo Mission
An initiative of the Government of Tripura, the Tripura Bamboo Mission has been set up to develop the bamboo sector in the state in a holistic manner. While the mission aims to double livelihood involvement and sector turnover in its project period of three years, the strategies adopted by the mission include training of artisans, optimizing the end-to-end value chain spanning from plantation and resource generation to marketing of value added finished products.
The Mission conducts training programmes for the artisans. The focus of the skill training in bamboo home utility products has been to instrument a shift from the production of low value handicraft products that the artisans have been producing for the past decades to the production of contemporary bamboo home utility products that has a growing market. Design experts from outside the state were involved in all the training programmes, providing the much required support for new and innovative designs. The Mission also provides market linkages for the handicraft clusters.
Apart from the direct market linkage facilitated by TBM, the societies formed by TBM also market products with various partners within and outside the state and to various handicraft stores located in Agartala.