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Bamboo Farming
Abellon has designed a large-scale bamboo farming model involving rural communities, to harness the significant opportunities and benefits offered by bamboo, while achieving economic, environmental and social development goals. Abellon works with rural community members to set up bamboo cultivation projects, specifically ensuring availability of tissue-cultured bamboo (Bamboosa Balcua) plants at reasonable prices, providing technical know-how and assistance, and supporting growers/farmers with a buy back guarantee.

Why Bamboo?

Bamboo is the fastest growing member of the grass family – gramineae. With 60 to 90 genera with over 1,200 species, Bamboo is a versatile, strong, renewable and environment-friendly alternative to wood. It is mostly distributed in tropical and sub-tropical zones in Asia, Africa and America. Out of over 22 million ha area covered under Bamboo, over 80% is located in Asia, 10% in Africa and the rest 10% in America. (FAO/InBaR)

Bamboo can be grown quickly and easily, and sustainably harvested from the 3rd year onwards. Some bamboo species grow up to 1 meter in a day, with many of them reaching culm length of 25 meter or more. It can be grown on marginal and degraded land, elevated ground, along field bunds, MSW dump sites, over-logged forest areas, river banks as well as road sides.

Bamboo is beneficial in many ways. Some of its chief environmental benefits include release of 35% more O2 than an equivalent stand of trees, and absorbing 4X as much carbon than other tree species. Each acre of bamboo can sequester up to 40 tons of CO2. It also enhances soil, water, biodiversity and overall environmental quality in the surroundings.

Bamboo farming is a sustainable agricultural alternative with high returns due to its fast growth and possibility of annual selective harvesting. Worldwide, there is a growing demand for Bamboo as a replacement for timber & wood. Globally, Bamboo-based furniture, housing, handicraft, instruments, flooring, fuel and food are in great demand and the value chain provides livelihood to over 1.5 billion people. It can also become a high-value, sustainable source of biomass, to help sustain bioenergy projects.
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Agro Forestry
Abellon has successfully developed a pilot agroforestry project covering over 120 acres of land area in Gujarat, India. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative in India that addresses captive cultivation of Bamboo, Prosopis Juliflora, drumsticks and other specialty energy and commercial crops. The large-scale cultivation of energy crops will effectively actualize the total sustainability paradigm for energy generation by addressing environmental, economic and social aspects. The site has been developed as a truly sustainable and zero-waste generating model, integrating complementing elements.
The site also showcases a unique "Solar Agri-Electric Model", combining harvesting of solar radiation on silicon wafers to produce energy and supporting the photosynthesis platform for agricultural activities. Traditional guidelines for location of solar energy generation sites propagate use of desertified land, to ensure no conflict between agriculture and energy generation. Abellon's model locates the solar site on agricultural land, and combines the strengths of solar energy generation with agricultural productivity, in the process proving that it is possible to get more value out of both in line with the principle of “efficient resource management".

Why Agroforestry?

Agro-forestry is an integrated approach of leveraging the benefits of combining agricultural and forestry technologies. It helps to create more diverse, productive, healthy and sustainable land-use systems. Abellon grisciences has undertaken agro-forestry as a mainstream activity, following various models that involve cultivation of biomass-driven energy crops along with traditional agricultural crops.
Sourcing of Biomass
Abellon Agrisciences has designed a unique biomass sourcing model to collect biomass residue from within 50km radius of Abellon's bioenergy facilities. It reduces logistical complexities, minimizes carbon footprint from transportation and enhances waste utilization scenario.