Bamboo production can change financial condition of a farmer.

Production technology of Bamboo 

In the villages of our country, bamboo bushes could be seen almost at home. Moreover, we have a large number of bamboo bushes in the hill districts. Which is meeting our daily needs. But now bamboo bushes are no longer often seen at home. The land is being reduced only for building houses. Bamboo bushes also protect us from natural storms/tornadoes/cyclones. Currently, the use of bamboo is also widespread as the population is also large. Bamboo cultivation is possible in almost all areas of our country. So many people now dream of making bamboo gardens commercially.

Why is bamboo production profitable? 

There are many uses of bamboo. Some of the uses are –

(1) We are using it to make houses ;

(2) we are using it to make household furniture ;

(3) we are using it to increase the beauty of the house;

(4) Also Paper, Plyboard, Particle Board, Cement Bonded Particle Board and so on.

Types of bamboo variety

There are about 300 species of bamboo in the world. Of these, about 20 species of bamboo are area based in our country. Such as- Barabansha, Malta Talla, Ura, Kanchan, Mulai, Karamjasaha, Barag, Rafai, Bajali, Mritingaha, etc. And the use of bamboo is also different according to its variety.

Bamboo cultivation method

There are two methods for bamboo cultivation.  They are – 

(1) Tissue culture ; 

(2) Cutting method ; 

 (3) Mound layering method ; 

Among these methods, the Cutting method and the layering method are the most famous. Because Bamboo cultivation is very easy with the cutting method and layering method. 

Seedling preparation

For bamboo Cultivation, in the field of making seedlings, at the age of one to two years, the bamboo culms have to be laid on the ground like the Layering method. The rhizome of the bamboo will remain in the soil. A trench is dug leading outwards from the culm. A half-cut is made across the top of the rhizome and the culm is lowered into the trench. Then wet soil has to be pressed on the bamboo. Bamboos have to lie down in the month of Baisakh-Jestha. From some bamboo knots, new roots and culms are born. New bamboo comes out from there. Bamboo saplings have to be cut with knots and planted in suitable places.

Pit making and fertilizer application

 Before 15-20 days of planting 40 cm, Deep, and 40 cm widened pits should be made. Mix 5 kg dung, 20 g urea, 20 g TSP, and 15 g MP with soil and keep it in the pit for 15-20 days.

Bamboo cultivation care

Some care should be taken after planting seedlings of Bamboo. Such as –

>>In case of drought, regular irrigation should be given.

>> The soil has to be loosened by removing the soil at the base of the seedlings.

>> If the roots of the seedlings are covered with water hyacinth, the soil stays wet

>>Bamboo bushes should be kept clean and tidy. Weeds need to be cleaned.

>> If any bamboo is infected with the disease, it should be picked up and burnt.

>>In case of excess twigs, pruning should be done in December-January.

>> Urea, TSP, and MP fertilizers should be given after three consecutive years of rain.

Disease and Pest 

Fungal spots,  Sooty mold,  Bamboo mosaic virus,  Heart rot, etc are common diseases are seen in Bamboo cultivation. If symptoms are shown, Immediate treatment should be given. Infected plants should be removed from the bush if fungal disease attacks.

Harvesting

Bamboo, usually two years old or older, should be cut. In the forest, bamboo is officially cut every three years. When the bamboo matures, the green color of the bamboo stem will turn gray. If you tap on the stem, there will be a metallic sound. These bamboo do not wrinkle after cutting and become dry.

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