Bamboo Splinter

Lalbiakzuala Ralte of Mizoram created a device named bamboo splinter, which has made the toughest job into an easy one. Bamboo covers almost 40% of the forest in Mizoram. Looking at the rich potential of the resources, a few industries have been set up by pioneer entrepreneurs especially for making of splints for incense sticks (Agarbatti) and bamboo mat boards. However, the constraints that were faced by these entrepreneurs were that the splitting of the bamboo had to be done by hand which is a tedious process, which only workers with expertise can perform. Secondly, the problem is even more acute in the case of slicing the bigger slivers of bamboo, which are to be woven and made into bamboo mats. This is so problematic that industries from the state have to import the woven bamboo mats from Silchar in Assam even though there is an overabundance of the raw materials in Mizoram itself. This device is easy to operate, affordable by common people and can be useful to generate employment in rural area. This device was introduced in the market in the year 2007.