The selection and availability of the right genotype(s) of Bamboo, is one of the prime bottle-necks in establishing an Agro-Forestry plantation system.
It’s a dilemma I am currently encountering.
I am considering bamboo as a plantation crop on my farm, and have been researching suitable genotypes. I have been in touch with many institutions- private, a well as government, NGO’s, universities, traders, sellers, growers etc.
I have come to realize, with dismay, that most private institutions have their own sales agenda and specifically evolved sales pitch. Thus, I have ruled out buying blindly from any of them.
Universities and Government bodies are safer. However, they can only offer to sell what exists in their bamboo- herbarium, which, at times is just a chronology of research trial plots, without ! extensive trials.
In light of above uncertainties, I have decided to stagger the plantation endeavor.
Instead of buying outright, I am now establishing a small trial plot, where I am planting all shortlisted varieties that I have collected during my Pan-India travels.
I would rather wait for 3 years than waste the effort and the land, with a wrong choice of planting material.