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Bamboo-cane industry in Mithapukur No one is looking for artisans

Amirul Kabir Suzan, Mithapukur (Rangpur): The bamboo and cane artisans of Mithapukur upazila are not good. Hundreds of families here have been holding on to this profession of their ancestors for centuries as the main carrier of livelihood. Small and big fairs are held in this upazila every year. Craftsmen involved in the bamboo and cane industry sell their products at these fairs throughout the year.

Due to the corona, the fair was closed and shops selling bamboo and cane products in the city were closed, leaving their products unsold. As a result, they have been deprived of income for the whole year. As a result, the artisans here have lost their way. Their dreams have been shattered by the lockdown and the corona. The artisans complained that no one was looking for them even though they were living without food.

It has been seen on the spot that more than a hundred families of traditional religion live in Tarnidash Para on the banks of river Jamuneshwari in Balua Masimpur Union of Mithapukur Upazila. Small hut house. In a single house, family members are seen living, eating, educating their children and even raising cattle. Earlier, there was a scene of bamboo cane work in front of each house, but now there is not much noise due to corona. Even a few decades ago, the products made from bamboo and cane were sent to different parts of the country to meet the local demand. But the use of bamboo and cane industry has lost its grip on the plastic material of modern civilization.

According to the artisans, 8-10 dali are made from one bamboo. Excluding all expenses, there is a profit of 10-15 taka from each product. But now there is no more profit like before. They have to sell these products by ferrying to different markets and villages. But they can’t go out because of the lockdown restrictions. As a result, the products produced remain unsold. In such a situation, even though the various assistance activities of the government continue, they are being deprived of these facilities. No one from the local people’s representatives is looking to help them.

Faridul Islam Farid, president of Mithapukur Orphan Development Foundation, a local social worker who received the Joy Bangla Youth Award, said government and non-government organizations need to come forward to help those involved in the profession during the coronation period. I have tried many ways to keep this industry alive. They have to work with loans and loans from various associations. In order to keep this rural industry alive, it is necessary to provide financial assistance and proper training to farmers and artisans.

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