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                » Figure 2: Bamboo handicraft products in Tripura

             from within the state are also setting   lands through a cluster development   Societies Registration Act, 1860.
             up technology-intensive bamboo   approach. TBM engages the bamboo   The chief secretary, Government
             industrial units, thereby creating   growers and farmers in commercial   of Tripura heads TBM and the
             green job opportunities for the locals   bamboo plantations.  Till 2016, the   general body comprises secretaries
             in the state. Several other small-scale   mission implemented the plantation   and heads of departments of
             bamboo-based units have taken   of around 1500 ha of commercially   forests, handicrafts, industry, rural
             rented space inside the bamboo park   viable bamboo species across various   development, social welfare, tribal
             developed by Tripura Industrial   rural development blocks of Tripura   5  welfare, and others.
             Development Corporation Limited.  (Figure 3). It has also promoted 10
                                             women-run self-help groups for
             Trade facilitation and market linkage:   the creation of quality bamboo for   State Bamboo
             A Trade Facilitation Cell has been   commercial purposes.      Policy
             set up to establish market linkages
             under TBM. The cell helps promote                              The vision of the State Bamboo
             investment in the green economy   Public Private               Policy is to realize the economic,
             through a central supply chain   Partnership Model             social, and environmental potential
             between buyers and producers. One                              of the bamboo resources of Tripura.
             of the major steps taken include   The PPP model adopted for TBM   The aim is to develop bamboo into
             establishing marketing tie-ups with   forms a strong and resilient backbone   one of the major economic sectors
             both national and international   for the mission as the stakeholders   of the state that would provide
             companies.                      involved are government bodies   employment opportunities and
                                             and tribal and rural communities.   income-generating activities to tribal
             Bamboo plantation: Resource     The mission is registered under the   communities and rural poor.
             management is the backbone of any
             type of industry to generate economy   4   India TV News. 2014. Bamboo cultivation
             in the state. Under TBM, bamboo   becomes rewarding for farmers in Tripura.   Benefits and
             plantation is undertaken by the forest   bamboo-cultivation-becomes-rewarding-
             departments. TBM implements       for-farmers-in-tripura-45198.html
             bamboo plantation drives in private   5   For more details, visit https://industries.
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