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Project BOLD to Boost Tribals’ Income and reduce desertification

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    14th Jul, 2021

A unique scientific exercise serving the combined national objectives of reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support has been initiated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

Context

A unique scientific exercise serving the combined national objectives of reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support has been initiated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

  • The project is named “Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought” (BOLD).

About

  • The project is the first of its kind exercise in India, launched from the tribal village NichlaMandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
    • Under the project, special bamboo species such as Bambusa Tulda and Bambusa Polymorpha (specially brought from Assam) have been planted over the vacant arid Gram Panchayat land.
    • KVIC has created a world record of planting the highest number of bamboo saplings on a single day at one location.
  • Project BOLD seeks to create bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid land zones.
  • It is aligned with the efforts for reducing land degradation and preventing desertification in the country.
  • The initiative has been launched as part of KVIC’s “Khadi Bamboo Festival” to celebrate 75 years of independence “AzadikaAmritMahotsav”.
  • KVIC is set to replicate the Project at Village Dholera in Ahmedabad district in Gujarat and Leh-Ladakh region by August this year.

Why Bamboo has chosen?

  • Bamboos grow very fast and in about three years, they could be harvested.
  • Bamboos are also known for conserving water and reducing evaporation of water from the land surface, which is an important feature in arid and drought-prone regions.

Significance of the project

  • It will help in reducing the land degradation percentage of the country.
  • It will support sustainable development and food security.
  • The project would support self-employment in the region.
    • The projects will benefit a large number of women and unemployed youths in the region by connecting them to skill development programs.

Indian Government steps to reduce desertification

  • PradhanMantriFasalBimaYojana (PMFBY)
  • Soil Health Card Scheme
  • Soil Health Management Scheme
  • PradhanMantriKrishiSinchayeeYojna (PKSY)
  • Per Drop More Crop
  • forest landscape restoration (FLR)
  • Bonn Challenge in India
  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signing
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