Thiruvananthapuram : To promote products made of bamboo and explore its export potential, Kerala is organising a three-day 'Bamboo fest' at Kochi from Dec 20.
Organised by the state industries department, the festival will showcase furniture, plywood, corrugated sheets, gift items and several other products made of bamboo in 80 stalls.
The potential for bamboo products is immense because people now look for environmental friendly products to replace plastic.
Already bamboo products like pens, coat hangers and lamp shades are quite popular.
The Bamboo Mission has trained more than 2,000 artisans and another 3,000 would be trained shortly. Moreover, several institutions like the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai and the National Institute of Design are helping in the efforts to promote bamboo in a big way through research and is coming out with more bamboo products .
The Mission wants to start exporting bamboo products in a big way and the festival would be a stepping stone for it.The government decided to organise the festival for the second year running after a good response from last year's bamboo fest.
A one-day technical seminar is being held on Dec 19 at Kochi to discuss revival plans for Kerala bamboo.