Bamboo cultivation can be taken up by farmers of Cauvery delta as a means of additional income generation said S.Suresh Kumar, District Revenue Officer, Thanjavur district here on Saturday.

Speaking at a seminar on bamboo cultivation at Periyar Maniammai University organised by the forest department, he said bamboo can grow fast and give yield for many years. Value addition given to bamboo will fetch good income to farmers. The tree belonging to grass family can aid protection of environment . It has the capacity to absorb carbon dioxide and give out oxygen.

R.Rajasekaran, assistant conservator of Forests, Madurai said farmers should think of alternatives instead of going for usual cultivation practices . Loss of forest cover results in global warming and climate change. Tree plantation should be encouraged by farmers.

Selvaraj, deputy director, Horticulture, Thanjavur district said bamboo is a renewable resource. It is versatile in nature and its leaves act as bio fertilizers. A farmer can earn Rs. 50,000 per year in an acre. In Thanjavur district, the Horticulture department has promoted cultivation of bamboo on 500 acres last year.

P.Loganathan, joint director of Agriculture, Thanjavur district said thorn less bamboo is a good variety for cultivation. It can grow in any soil and withstand any climatic condition.

N.Ramachandran, vice-chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University called upon farmers to change to agri business culture instead of agriculture . Farmers should produce value added products by coming up with innovative ideas . Students should help farmers by their research.

A booklet was released on the occasion. Nearly 100 farmers attended the function.