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             let us study the initiatives of the   market and credit facilities coupled   promoted by TBM since 2007. Around
             Tripura Bamboo Mission (TBM)    with resource upgradation.     100 new bamboo farmer groups are
             to understand the need to be                                   added to the mission every year, and
             environmentally conscious. 1                                   bamboo plantation activity is being
                                             Initiatives of the             promoted in new areas as well.
             Tripura Bamboo                  Mission                        Common facility centres (CFCs): A total
             Mission                         Capacity building: More than   of 21 cluster CFCs have been set up
                                             45,000 artisans have been trained   in rural areas of the state. More than
             Tripura is a state in Northeast India,   by TBM on various aspects from   50 small village-level units have been
             which is situated on the foothills of   bamboo plantation, production to   established, which are owned by the
             the Himalayas. Due to the natural   marketing for generation of green   artisan community under various
             settings and climatic conditions,   jobs. TBM follows the National Skill   interventions by TBM.
             the state is blessed with 21 species   Development Corporation model of
             of bamboo (Figure 1). In 2007, the   skill training and gets continuous   Technology induction: New
             state government took the initiative   support from the Director of Skill   technologies have been introduced
             to restore the green economy by   Development, Government of   under this mission for treating
             promoting bamboo plantation in the   Tripura. 2                bamboo dying, etc. Many machines
             state. The objective of the mission                            have been imported, such as Japanese
             was to scale up the turnover of the   Institutional development: A strong   Juki machines, Taiwanese stick-
             bamboo sector and simultaneously   institutional structure has been   making machines, power tools, semi-
             improve livelihood opportunities for   developed from the grassroots   mechanized, mechanized agarbatti
             the poor sections of society. Working   level with the help of artisans and   rolling, finishing machines, and
             on a sustainable module, socio-  producers. Around 1000 self-help   semi-mechanized tools for bamboo
             economic development could be   groups, 60 producer societies/  stick-making.
                                                                            Design and product development:
                                                                            Under the mission, an exclusive
                                                                            Design and Product Development
                                                                            Cell has been set up. Product
                                                                            designers and master artisans
                                                                            are teamed up to develop trendy
                                                                            and user-friendly craft ideas.  By
                                                                            partnering with eminent design
                                                                            institutes and designers, TBM
                                                                            has created a promising range of
                                                                            contemporary designs, especially in
                                                                            handicraft and furniture, which has
                                                                            resulted in a complete facelift of the
                                                                            products (Figure 2).
                                                                            Private investment: A bamboo park
                                                                            is established for building resilient
                                                                            infrastructure for posterity.
                » Figure 1: Bamboo cultivation in Tripura, India            Investors from outside as well as
             achieved through a cluster approach                            3    Cane and Craft and Allied Industries.
             involving institution building,   cooperatives, and community-owned   2015. http://canecraftandalliedindustries.
             technological linkage, and better   institutions have been supported and
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