Building a successful Bamboo Community: Kerala State Bamboo Corporation

Kerala State Bamboo Corporation Ltd is a fully owned State Government undertaking under Industries Department -Government of Kerala that was established in the year 1971. Its mission is to support and uplift the bamboo weaving and reed cutter community and today it has over 100,000 individuals engaged in either reed cutting, mat weaving or making handicraft articles. The corporation has played a significant role building livelihoods of artisans at the bottom of the pyramid. It has 12 reed collection centres, 87 depots for distributing reeds to the weavers, and 15 reed distribution centres to supply reeds to the traditional workers. The centres are located in different parts of the state. The corporation has four processing Units at Palakkad, Kadampuzha, Mananthawady and Nadapuram for the purpose of processing raw bamboo for the production of Flattened Bamboo Boards, Bambooply, bamboo mats, Bamboo Flooring Tiles. The waste bamboo, arising out of the above process ranging from 50 to 70% are further used for the manufacturing of value added products like Toothpick, Curtain Blinds, and Bamboo Curtains, Incense Sticks etc.

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