Shri Arjun Munda inaugurates ‘National Workshop on Tribal Enterprise with focus on Honey, Bamboo & Lac’

  1. Union Minister for Tribal Affairs has inaugurated a “National Workshop on Tribal Enterprise with focus on Honey, Bamboo and Lac”.
  2. During the workshop,the union minister released the reports on (a) Bamboo and Bamboo Nomics (b) Lac and (c) Honey.
  3. India is the world’s second largest cultivator of bamboo after China. According to the data,India’s annual Bamboo production is estimated at 3.23 million tons. 
  4. However,the poor yield of Bamboo is one of the perennial problems in India.In contrast to China’s average yield of 50 MT/Ha, the maximal yield range in India is 10-15 MT/h.
  5. According to the data,India’s honey production reported in 2017-18 was 1.05 lakh metric tonnes compared to the 35,000 metric tonnes in 2005-06.The major part of it comes from Apis Dorsata.
  6. India exports 50 % of the honey as international demand for honey is growing.The beekeeping sector is estimated to generate around 3 lakhman-working days by maintaining 10,000 bee colonies.
  7. Lac cultivation in India is mainly confined to the states of Jharkhand which contribute 57% of the total production followed by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal.
  8. The Lac is mostly cultivated by poor tribals to supplement their agricultural income.However,Indian lac export is almost non-existent, which needs to be revived.