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Kerala Bamboo Fest promotes eco-friendly grass

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Kochi, Dec. 7 : At a time when global warming is posing a threat to the world’s environment, Kerala is promoting bamboo as an alternative to wood to stop deforestation through its annual Bamboo Fest.

The 12th edition of the annual festival started in Kochi on December 4 and would conclude on December 8.

Over 180 craftsmen from Kerala and over 70 from other states like Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Assam, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu are participating in this year’s fest. A few companies from China have also put up their stalls.

The festival has been organised by Kerala State Bamboo Corporation.

Managing Director of Kerala State Bamboo Corporation, T. Sukumaran Nair urged Centre to assist the Kerala state government in this cause.

“On this occasion I would like to point out that the government of India has to be more focused to promote bamboo as an alternative to wood. Deforestation leads to global warming and the main issue the world facing now is global warming. The Paris environment meet is also focusing on this issue. Promoting bamboo may add to this cause very much,” said Nair.

On Sunday a gazebo made of bamboo was exhibited which can be used by the tourism sector in areas where setting up a steel structure is banned. (ANI)