The National Bamboo Mission is a centrally sponsored scheme of the Ministry of Agriculture.
It was launched in 2006-07 to promote the growth of bamboo sector.
The Mission envisages promoting holistic growth of bamboo sector by adopting area-based, regionally differentiated strategy and to increase the area under bamboo cultivation and marketing.
To address forward integration, the Mission is taking steps to strengthen marketing of bamboo products, especially those of handicraft items.
[a] To promote the growth of the bamboo sector through as an area based regionally differentiated strategy;
[b] To increase the coverage of area under bamboo in potential areas, with improved varieties to enhance yields;
[c] To promote marketing of bamboo and bamboo based handicrafts;
[d] To establish convergence and synergy among stake-holders for the development of bamboo;
[e] To generate employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled persons, especially unemployed youths.
The Mission has a General Council (GC) at National level under Chairmanship of Union Agriculture Minister.
Ministers of Commerce, Health, Finance, Food Processing Industries, Panchayati Raj, Science & Technology, Rural Development, Environment & Forest, Textiles, Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.