Bamboo corporation’s green mission eyes profit
Ankamaly: By replacing plastic items with products made of bamboo and promoting the use of low-cost eco-friendly items instead of chemical substances, the Kerala State Bamboo Corporation is all set to create a green culture in the state. They aims to make its business profitable through this.
As part of the mission to diversify its products and also in view of the green protocol of the state government, the Bamboo Corporation produces various eco-friendly items, with bamboo and reed, for use in government offices. These products are also distributed in offices of civic bodies and other allied agencies.
File tray, pen, visiting card, paper weight, tea coaster, pen holder, waste bin, tag file, letter pad file etc are produced by the corporation. In addition, it implements projects worth Rs 21 crores sanctioned by the National Bamboo Mission.
Experiments are also progressing to make boards with bamboo fiber. The corporation in association with the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) makes attempts to develop a machine for extracting fiber from bamboo. It also plans bamboo cultivation on a mass scale with the help of Central Bamboo Mission. The plan is to make use of a 500-acre land received from public sector institutions for this.
An accord has also been made with CUSAT to manufacture resin with phenol extracted from cashew-nut oil instead the normal phenol, which is used at its factories. A kilogram of chemical phenol costs Rs 118 whereas cashew-nut oil phenol costs only Rs 20 to 40. By doing this, production costs can be reduced to Rs 50 from 200. The bamboo boards made of the phenol extracted from cashew-nut oil can be exported to any country as it is natural.
The construction of a skill development centre worth Rs 1 crore has also been progressing. The state government sanctioned Rs 12 crores for corporation and its initial installment of Rs 3.96 crores has been released, said KJ Jacob, Chairman of the Corporation. This amount is used for clearing the DA arrears of its staff. “Soon after the board came to power, the wage of bamboo mat weavers was hiked 10 percent and recently it has been hiked again,” he said.