Bamboo, which is the fastest growing plant and generates large bio-mass, holds the potential to replace wood on many grounds. India is 2nd largest in bamboo resources in the world next only to China. The North Eastern region holds about 65% of the country's total estimated stock which is around 90 million tonnes.
The Government of India has launched the National Bamboo Mission with focus on North East India. Opportunities abound in the areas of re-inventing bamboo in plywood units and paper mills, micro-propagation & production, shoot processing, industrial products, machinery & equipment and skill up-gradation & training. A Bamboo Technology Park at Chaygaon is likely to be operational soon with its state of art technology.