Recently, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) introduced Project BOLD which is short for Bamboo Oasis on Lands from Nichla Mandwa, a small village in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Background of Project BOLD
KVIC recently launched Project BOLD in Rajasthan. As part of this, 5,000 saplings of BambusaTulda and BambusaPolymorpha - special bamboo species, were brought in from Assam and were planted on the empty dry Grampanchayat land. KVIC set a world record by planting the most bamboo seedlings in one place on a given day.
This project was created by KVIC and launched by the BSF in Jaisalmer to prevent desertification and support rural economies. Approximately 1000 bamboo seedlings have been planted under Project BOLD.
Project BOLD Objective
BOLD is an abbreviation for Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought and was established by KVIC. This initiative was launched under KVIC's Khaki Bamboo Festival celebrating its 75 years of independence in the name of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The objective of Project BOLD is to create bamboo-based green spaces in dry and semi-arid lands, reducing desertification and providing livelihood and interdisciplinary support to rural industries.
About Khadi and Village Industries Commission [KVIC]
This is a public company founded under the Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956. It is primarily responsible for planning, promoting, organising, and implementing programs for the development of Khadi and other village industries in rural areas, as needed, in collaboration with other institutions involved in rural development. It reports to the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises.
KVIC's Plan - Project BOLD
KVIC plans to develop a bamboo-based green spot in Tanot as a tourist attraction. The system is maintained by BSF. 5000 bamboo seedlings are planted in this village. Bamboo plantations provide a green covering and help reduce desertification in this area of Tanot.
Bamboo plants will grow over the next few years and at the current market rate of 5,000 rupees per ton, this product will generate nearly 50,000 rupees of income to help support the local economy. Bamboo Uses Bamboo can be used to make furniture, incense sticks, musical instruments, handicrafts, pulp and paper, and much more.
Under Project BOLD, 5000 seedlings of special bamboo species were planted on 16 acres of uncultivated dry Grampanchayat land in the village of NichlaMandwa. KVIC set a world record by planting the most bamboo seedlings in one place in a day. This is the first exercise of this kind in India. Attempts to create bamboo-based green patches on dry and semi-dry lands have increased after this feat.
FAQs on Project BOLD
Q.1. When was Project BOLD inaugurated?
On July 4, Project BOLD was launched in Nichla Mandwa, a tribal village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. On July 27, 2021, KVIC used BSF to plant 1000 bamboo saplings as part of Project BOLD. Saplings were planted in the village of Tanot in Jaisalmer.
Q.2. Who launched Project BOLD?
KVIC President Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena launched this unique plantation program – Project BOLD in front of BSF's special DG Shri Surendra Panwar.
Q.3. Why did Project BOLD choose Bamboo?
Bamboo waste is also commonly used in the production of fuel briquettes and charcoal. Bamboo is also known to help save water and is useful in drought-prone areas. The Reason for Project BOLD for choosing bamboo -
- It grows very fast and can be harvested in about 3 years.
- It is also known to save water and reduce water evaporation from the surface, which is an important property in areas prone to dry drought.
- Reduces desertification and secures livelihoods and interdisciplinary support for rural industries.
- It also serves as a haven for food security and eco-friendly sustainable development
Q.4. How is the extension of Project BOLD planned?
The extension of Project BOLD planned as the KVIC will duplicate the project in the village of Dholera in the districts of Ahmedabad and Leh-Ladakh. By August 2021, a total of 15,000 bamboo saplings will be planted.
Q.5. What are the other Initiatives to Fight Desertification in India besides Project BOLD?
There are several other initiatives taken by the Government of India to reduce desertification in India besides Project BOLD including the -
- Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)
- Soil health card system
- Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (PKSY)
- Green India's national mission
- India has ratified the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
Q.6. With regards to Project BOLD, when was the Khadi and Village Industries Commission launched?
With regards to Project BOLD, KVIC is a public company founded under the 1956 Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act. KVIC is tasked with planning, promoting, organising, and implementing programs for the development of Khadi and other village industries in rural areas in collaboration with other institutions engaged in rural development as needed.