Bamboo cookies, honey bottles to boost immunity for people in northeastern India
19 Sep 2020
Biplab Kumar Deb launched bamboo cookies and bamboo-made honey bottles to boost immunity. Photos: Twitter
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday launched bamboo cookies and bamboo-made honey bottles that will help in boosting people's immunity and livelihood as well.
Deb, who is also holding the Health, Industries and Commerce Departments, later in a tweet said: "On the occasion of World Bamboo Day, launched bamboo cookies and bamboo made honey bottles.
"Bamboo cookies and honey bottles will now add another feather to our cap. It will generate livelihood opportunities for many and fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat."
After launching the bamboo cookies and honey bottles developed by the Bamboo and Cane Development Institute (BCDI), he told the media that both the new products would boost the people's immunity and livelihood as well.
Biplab Kumar Deb eats bamboo cookies.
BCDI's Tripura head Avinav Kant said that the cookies are made from the shoots of "Muli bamboo", available in abundance in Tripura and other northeastern states.
The "Muli bamboo", with the scientific name "Melocanna Baccifera", is rich in various vitamins and other healthy ingredients.
He said as the Muli bamboo's nutritional value is very high, the cookies would be very healthy food in this COVID-19 induced situation.
"The bamboo cookies and bamboo-made honey bottles' market value and demand would be very high in the Indian and international markets. This would also be very beneficial for the livelihood of a huge number of people," Avinav Kant told the media.
Biplab Kumar Deb displaying bamboo-made honey bottles.
He said that as the Prime Minister has been highlighting "vocal for local", the newly developed bamboo products are very suitable for the mission and vision.
The official said that "Muli bamboo" shoots are harvested from forest areas and are very natural and organic. The shoots are very tasty and local people specially the tribals prefer them and traditionally consume them in numerous ways.
The BCDI was set up in 1974 in Agartala by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) to develop proper techniques for treatment and preservation of cane and bamboo handicraft items by using suitable chemical and lacquer to protect them from insects, fungus and to disseminate this techniques among various pockets of the craft by giving practical demonstrations.