Bamboo supply chain to support local economic development in Assam, India

The bamboo biorefinery in Assam will not only produce renewable ethanol for the Indian biofuel market, but also support socio-economic development in the region.

images of bamboo suppliers and chipping

The Assam biorefinery will utilize 300 dry kilotons of bamboo per year. The bamboo supply chain will be based on the activity of local small farmers and entrepreneurs. In total, the biorefinery has potential to provide sustainable livelihood for more than 25 000 rural households in the region of Northeastern India.

Bamboo is a very fast growing plant and abundantly available in the region. It is a grass that grows profusely in many types of environments. After cutting a bamboo stem, it grows again with multiple new stems.

The bamboo supply chain is designed to benefit its stakeholders in direct and transparent manner, without the use of any intermediaries. This is enabled by a digital solution accessible with a smartphone application. Every bamboo delivery is carried out and recorded through this application, and accordingly, the payments are transferred directly to the supplier’s bank account.

  • Bamboo farmers: The bamboo will be sourced directly from ca. 20 000 small farmers, according to the demand schedule operated on the smartphone application.
  • Harvesting and transporting will provide additional income for rural farmers and other households in the region. After harvesting, the bamboo is transported to the designated local-level entrepreneurs.
  • Local-level entrepreneurs will run chipping units converting the bamboo stems into chips.
  • Transporters will deliver the bamboo chips to the biorefinery at Numaligarh, Assam.
graphic illustration of bamboo supply chain

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