Radha Mohan Singh Emphasises on Increasing Productivity and Optimum Utilisation of Existing Resources for Scientific Management of Bamboo Sector

Radha Mohan Singh Emphasises on Increasing Productivity and Optimum Utilisation of Existing Resources for Scientific Management of Bamboo Sector

Participating in a discussion on “Development of Bamboo” at India International  Centre in New Delhi today, Sh.Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister, mentioned that National Bamboo Mission(NBM) was started in 2006-07 for the holistic development of the bamboo sector in the country. Speaking on the occasion he said the main objectives of NBM are to increase the coverage of area under bamboo in potential areas, with suitable species to enhance yields; to promote marketing of bamboo and bamboo based handicrafts; to generate employment opportunities, especially unemployed youth etc.

During the programme, he spoke about the recent initiatives to enhance bamboo plantation and its uses

Ø  The issue of Liberalizing the Transit Regulation for Bamboo was taken up with the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). The MoEF has issued on 18th November, 2014 the guidelines for Liberalizing Felling and Transit Regime for tree species including bamboo grown on non-forest/private lands to all States implementation of these guidelines by the States will promote production and utilization of bamboo.

Ø  With a view to promote bamboo in National Horticulture Mission (NHM) manual on Bamboo Playhouses has been prepared.

Ø  The possibility of promoting the bamboo pack houses in NHM is also being explored.

Ø  To improve the quality of bamboo planting material, the first phase of selection of superior clones has been completed by ICFRE.

Ø  For providing quality planting material ICFRE is upgrading three Tissue Culture Labs

Ø  All State Mission Directors have been requested to give emphasis on establishment of Common Facility Centres (CFC) and to organize specialized training programmes by engaging reputed institutes for the benefit of artisans from the Annual Action Plan 2015-16.

Sh. Singh also mentioned that since inception, 3,29,372 ha land has been covered with bamboo plantation, out of which 2,16,484 ha under forest area and 1,12,888 ha under non-forest area. An area of 77,030 ha of existing bamboo plantation has been improved for higher productivity. In addition, 1417 nurseries have been established to supply quality planting material. In different States, 48,885 farmers and 7,830 field functionaries have been trained in the area of nursery management and bamboo plantation.

Sh. Singh said that from 2006-07 to 2014-15, total funds released to North Eastern States and others so far is as below:

Fund released (in crore)
% of funds released to total
North Eastern States
Other States
R&D Institutes

 Speaking on the challenges, Sh. Singh said that States have to be impressed upon to implement transit pass guidelines issued by MoEF. As per IFSR-2011, 169.3 million tonnes of bamboo stock is available in the forest. However, for increasing productivity and optimum utilisation of existing resources emphasis is to be given for scientific management of bamboo stands and proper working plan, he said.


Government will facilitate the growth of Petrochemical sector in the country, says the Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Shri Ananth Kumar

Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Sh. Ananth Kumar has said that the Government will act as a facilitator and not as regulator of the Petrochemicals Sector. Speaking at Petrochemical Conclave at Gurgaon today, he said that the sector needs an investment of over Rs. 60,000 crore in near future and assured that the Government is ready to provide the investment. Reiterating the Prime Minister’s clarion call of Make in India, the Minister said that the Government is ready to address the basic issues concerning the sector of Petrochemicals and downstream industries, like environment, infrastructure and incentives. He said in the last budget, the Government had taken several steps to correct anomalies and boost the sector, and the process is likely to continue in the forthcoming budget. Sh. Ananth Kumar said that the petrochemical demand is growing. He said that the sector provides value addition to the chain of petroleum products.

The Minister said the Conclave has provided a platform for discussing the issues concerning the sector. He said that the stakeholders should come out with a “Move Forward Paper”, culling out issues needing support from the Central and the State Governments. Assuring that the Government would be a stakeholder in the development of the sector, he said that the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers will forward the issue raised in the paper to other authorities. Sh. Ananth Kumar stressed on the need of capacity building in the Petrochemical sector. He suggested that there could be another vertical in several institutes for training the personnel in the petrochemicals which will provide formal and structural skill development. He also called upon the refining companies to be anchor units and take part in the development of downstream industries and infrastructure. He said that this would help in better coordination and cooperation and the Government would be more than happy to act as a catalyst.

The Minister also suggested that there should be State level Conclaves of Petrochemical industry where all the stakeholders could participate to thrash out the issues in an amicable manner. The Minister expressed the hope that as India is a niche player in certain hi-tech sectors, it would strive to become so in the Petrochemical sector also. He stressed on the need of setting up more Petrochemical complexes in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Sh. Surjit Kumar Chaudhary stressed on the need of setting up logistics hubs, supply chain efficiency, import substitution and localization to give boost to the sector. He said that the Government is looking into the issues which are hampering the growth in the sector, and would facilitate its growth.

The Petrochemical Conclave is the fourth in the series of such Conclaves. It is organized by Indian Oil Corporation. A large number of stakeholders and interested companies in the Petrochemical sector from India and abroad have participated in the conclave.


7th round of Joint Trade Committee meeting held between India and Kenya

The 7th round of India Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting was held in New Delhi today. The Indian side was led by the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Amb. Amina C. Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Republic of Kenya led the delegation from Kenya.

The two sides reviewed the bilateral trade and reiterated their commitment towards strengthening mutually beneficial relationship between the two friendly nations. A senior officers’ meeting was held on 11th February, 2015 to deliberate on a plethora of issues. The two sides had intensive discussions and agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of bilateral investment, infrastructure, SMEs, agriculture, health, energy, skill development & entrepreneurship, pharmaceuticals and tourism.

Both sides agreed to meet more often to ensure enhancement of bilateral trade and mutual cooperation. The next meeting of the Joint Trade Committee would be held in Nairobi.


Speech of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman at the 7th India- Kenya Joint Trade Committee Meeting

Following is the text of speech of the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman at the 7th India- Kenya Joint Trade Committee Meeting here today:

Excellency, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of International Trade, Ambassador Nelson Ndirangu – Director / Economic and International Trade Directorate and other members of the delegation of Republic of Kenya, I extend a warm welcome to you all on your visit to India for the 7th India – Kenya Joint Trade Committee meeting.

The last meeting of the Joint Trade Committee was held in October, 2010 in Nairobi and the present JTC is being held after a gap of over four years. I acknowledge that in order to strengthen our trade ties, there is a need to hold the Joint Trade Committee meetings more frequently.

I am happy that our senior officials had useful discussions on a range of subjects yesterday and have identified measures required to be taken for enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in several key sectors.

Excellency, I am confident that given your familiarity with India and under the visionary leadership of President Kenyatta, the relationship between the two countries would receive a further boost.

India and Kenya enjoy close and cordial relations that go back to historical times. It is a matter of great satisfaction that the Indian Diaspora plays a significant role in the Kenyan economy and helps in cementing the trade and cultural relations between the two countries. There is a strong presence of the vibrant Indian community in Kenya presently numbered 70,000, with approximately 20,000 Indian Nationals and 50,000 Persons of Indian Origin. I believe that the Indian community plays a significant role in Kenya’s economy. Several Kenyans of Indian origin have distinguished themselves as lawyers, judges, doctors and academics. We value our historical and cultural ties and acknowledge the contribution of our Indian Diaspora and the Kenyan Government in strengthening the friendship between two countries.

It is heartening to note that the bilateral trade between the two countries has been growing in the recent years. India-Kenya bilateral trade has crossed US$4 billion in 2013-14 as compared to US$ 1.5 bn in 2009-10.

In 2013-14, the major commodities of export from India to Kenya were Petroleum (crude and products), drugs/pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals, machinery and instruments, primary and semi-finished iron and steel, transport equipment, manufactures of metals, plastics and linoleum products and manmade yarn and fabrics.

The major commodities of import into India from Kenya, in 2013-14, were inorganic chemicals, pulses, tea, leather, metalifers ores and metal scrap, other crude minerals, raw wool, pulp and wood and wood products. The share of Kenyan exports, in our bilateral trade, needs to be enhanced. We will continue to explore means of ensuring this in our Joint Trade Committee meetings.

I am glad that the development partnership engagement with Kenya is generally progressing well but more could be done. We understand that infrastructure is a key priority of President Kenyatta. The US$ 62 million line of credit, which was approved in 2010 to erect a 450 km long power transmission line, is under implementation. We are ready to assist in other areas of priority for Kenya. In our opinion, there exists a huge untapped potential for cooperation in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and mining.

I am delighted that a large number of Indian companies are present in Kenya, including the Tata group, Essar, Reliance Industries and Bharti Airtel. Indian public sector banks - Bank of Baroda and Bank of India, and public sector insurance companies - New India Assurance, Life Insurance Corporation of India, and General Insurance Corporation have operations in Kenya. In fact, GIC and other public sector insurance companies hold 60% shares in KenIndia, one of the larger Kenyan insurance companies. Kenya is an important partner for India and the presence of Indian companies is a clear indication of complementarities of our two economies. I sincerely hope that Kenyan companies would also explore possibilities of investing in India.

To make India a manufacturing hub, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India launched the ‘Make in India’ initiative in September 2014 designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill-development and build the best manufacturing infrastructure. The present government is committed to make India one of the best places to manufacture and to do business. The Government aims to develop industrial corridors and smart cities to provide working environment with state-of-the-art technology. The Government has also achieved significant success in the fields of financial inclusion through the Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar – the unique individual identification number for every citizen and the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme. India is focusing on enterprise and skill development too. These are the areas which I feel would also be of interest to a progressive economy like Kenya. India would be happy to share the knowledge and experience in these areas of mutual interest.

Kenya offers a very attractive trade destination for India which is reflected in the number of trade delegations visiting Kenya in 2014. This year also Indian delegations are looking forward to their participation in fairs in Kenya being organized by various chambers of commerce and other bodies. I hope that trade delegations from Kenya would also take advantage of several opportunities to visit India.

I am happy to note that in the official level discussions yesterday under the 7th Joint Trade Committee, both sides have agreed for enhanced cooperation in the fields of bilateral investment, infrastructure, SMEs, agriculture, health, energy, skill development & entrepreneurship, pharmaceuticals and tourism.

India is committed to take our relationship to a new level and looks forward to being a reliable partner in Kenya’s quest for growth.

Excellency, with these few words, I once again welcome you all to Delhi and hope that this visit of yours has been fruitful and enjoyable.

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