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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
03-September-2012 16:55 IST
Classification of Bamboo

There is no proposal to declare or classify bamboo as a grass since taxonomically, bamboo belongs to grass family. It has a woody stem unlike other grasses and grows up to a height of 20 to 40 ft. Bamboo being perennial grass has been traditionally known as “poor man’s timber”, and is used as a timber substitute widely in the country especially in rural areas. Bamboo has been defined as minor forest produce under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 which will benefit tribals and other forest dwellers in whose favour the forest rights are settled under the Act.

The above information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan to the Parliament today.